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How to Seek God's Kingdom and Righteousness, So All Things Will Be Added to You

Updated on August 13, 2013

What does this mean?

This popular Bible verse is telling us to seek God's kingdom in all we do and in return God will provide for our needs. In other parts of the Bible, Jesus say "ask and you shall receive" and "seek and you shall find". We get the feeling that all the riches we can imagine are just waiting at our fingertips for us to reach out and grab them. This Bible verse, however; inserts a caveat to our Easter egg hunt. It tells us that first we should "seek God's kingdom and righteousness". The Bible verses preceding this verse tells us not to worry about anything. Don't worry about what you should eat, or drink, or wear. The only thing you should be worrying about is God's kingdom and righteousness. It doesn't say that you should attain perfection in seeking God, but just seek it. Just doing that will open the gates to the kingdom of God which is filled with the riches of your fantasies and more. The awesome thing about seeking God's kingdom is that you could have a million dollars and you don't even care, because you are in the presence of God and a million dollars is nothing compared to that.

Seeking God's kingdom means tailoring your plans to align with the will of God. In all of your intentions you must want to please God. If you are wondering how to know if you are seeking to please God ask the following questions: "How does this further God's kingdom?" or "What would God have me do?" The popular saying is "What would Jesus do?" When all of your choices are made with God in mind then "all these things shall be added unto you".

How do I do that?

When you want something really big or you have a big decision to make, try to think about how it fits into God's plan. Just taking a few minutes to ponder this can make all the difference in your success. Keep a prayer journal. Write down in that journal all the things you hope for and how you think they fit into God's plan for you or why you think they would make God happy and then pray about it. It might be fun to look back through your journal in a year or so to see how many things in your journal actually came to pass.

Sometimes it can be difficult to see God in the things we do, but He is there. He just might not be where you thought he'd be.

If you are trying to lose weight, think "how does my weight loss glorify God"? It might be hard to answer this question, because for many of us our reasons for wanting to lose weight are based in vanity. I want to look good. I want to look healthy. How about the fact that laziness and gluttony are among the seven deadly sins... What about the fact that your body is God's temple and you should care for it the way you care for your own home when a most esteemed guest is visiting. What of the fact that God is a healing God who seeks to cure disease. Being overweight is linked to all sorts of health problems. God wants you to be healthy (or Jesus and the prophets wouldn't have gone around healing all those people), so you should live according to God's will.

Paula White - "Put First Things First"

How does accumulating wealth glorify God? It is not necessarily the accumulation of wealth that glorifies God, but what you do with the wealth. Giving tithes and giving to charity constantly shows your faith in God to provide for your needs. After all, "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7)

What about relationships? The Bible says a lot about how we should interact with one another. From the 10 commandments (thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not commit adultery. etc.) , the teachings of Jesus (Love thy enemies and pray for those who persecute you) and Paul's writings (1 Corinthians 13).

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The best way to know if you are in line with God's will is to read your Bible. Read it and continually ask it questions. Pray and meditate on God's word. Remember, just the act of seeking is all it takes to find. God's hand is in everything that happens here on earth. You just have to look for it and when you do, you will find more than you ever imagined.


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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shadow,

      Thank you for sharing God's Truth here in such a powerful way. So many good points to think on.

      In His Love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Shadow Jackson thanks for sharing this in a world that many have given their back to our Creator, Lord and Savior. We need more of this in the web where it is becoming the god of this time. God uses those that like you have had a personal experience with Him.

      Be blessed dear sister!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Shadow Jackson thanks for sharing this in a world that many have given their back to our Creator, Lord and Savior. We need more of this in the web where it is becoming the god of this time. God uses those that like you have had a personal experience with Him.

      Be blessed dear sister!

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      Fred Mucai 

      7 years ago from nairobi

      I would like to make my contribution to the subject of tithing. I think it has been abused and is just another way that churches and pastors all over the world take advantage of the Bible to amass wealth. I believe that tithing is in order but should be specifically directed to those in need. I feel discouraged when i see pastors on telly leading a jet-set life with proceeds from pensioners and other poor. This cannot be what Jesus intended.

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      7 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Shadow Jackson- I am enjoying this dialogue and I do not see it as arguing. I understand you wish to make your point as do I.

      I believe you and I have a different understanding when it comes to God's grace. I don't see it a something that can be borrowed until it's paid back through works. The way you explained it seems like grace is used to cover one's sins until you can work the slate clean through works and then give it back until you need it again. This sound like typical made made church dortrine. I don't believe this is how it works.

      Jesus Christ death on the cross marked the end of the Old Covenant and entered into a New Covenant (And I do believe there is a Old and New Covenant). Since that time grace is offered as a free gift to all mankind. It is up to the individual to receive grace through faith. Once a person receives the grace though faith then he/she she keeps it. This does not give us the green light to go out a sin as much as we what just because we have God's grace. If one truely loves God then our love for Him should encourage us not to sin and hopefully we will not. However, when we fail (and we will) then God's grace (forgiveness) is already there. It's not something we have to keep asking for again and again. It is already there. The Book of Romans clearly explains God's grace. And it's nothing like the way you describe it.

      Works in the Old Covenant was self serving for the individual. Works in the New Covenant is one who willingly serves and help others. This is a big difference. And I believe you are trying to mix Old Covenant works with the New Covenant church (body of Christ) and it does not work that way. This is what many churches out there do teach and it is a big problem within the christian faith as a whole.

      I hope you do not take this as arguing and I do enjoy the dialogue. I truely hope that both of us can (and will ) learn something from this.

      Many blessing to you.

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      Billionaire Brains 

      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your clarification, Graceinus.

      The 10 commandments was one part of a small point that I was trying to make, but I see your point.

      Anyway, "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" and "you shall know a man by his fruits".

      Essentially we are saying the same things, but in different ways. I agree with you that Jesus is asking us to start obedience as deep as our heart and that this can not be achieved, but through grace.

      But this article is about "seeking" and I'm saying you can not seek the Kingdom if you don't know what you're looking for and reading your Bible and meditating on His word and practicing what He teaches is the only way to seek and find. If you are murdering, committing adultery, lying or doing anything that God has asked us not to do, then your heart is obviously not in the right place, so then, yes, you ought to check your intentions and your heart and see where you have fallen short.

      I know there are times when I find myself falling into sin and I swear I had "no control" or "it wasn't my fault" or "I had to", but if I am honest with myself, I most likely will find that at the time of my downfall I was not seeking God's will. I did not ask for God's blessings nor did I ask His permission or consider what would be glorifying to Him. I just did it because I wanted to.

      Many of us cry "grace" when we should be asking for forgiveness. God may not punish you (right away, if at all), because of grace, but that doesn't mean he is pleased with your disobedience. He gives us His grace, because He knows we are all sinners by nature, the way someone giving you a loan gives you a grace period to pay it back with no penalties, because they know the reason you needed the loan was because you didn't have money in the first place. But just as with the creditor, if you continuously refuse to fulfill your promises or pay back your debts, there are consequences.

      But like I said, I think we agree for the most part. I'm not trying to argue with you. Thanks for your interest in my article and for responding thoughtfully.

      Have a blessed day! :-)

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      7 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Shadow Jackson- Please understand that I never said or mentioned that murder, lying and commiting adultry is O.K. to do. Clearly these are things to avoid. However, it should be made clear the that murder, lying and adultry are words of man's actions. Jesus goes further into these same actions but is dealing with man's heart. He states in Matthew 2:28 which says: "But I say to you that who ever looks at a woman to lust for her has already commited adultry with her in his heart."

      Here Jesus has raised the bar of law. From a physical action to a spiritual action. This is what the Law of the Kingdom is. The purity of the heart. This same rule also applies to murder. Jesus quotes the commandment about murder which is a physical acted. But in verse 22 He states " But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother without cause......." again He raises the bar and it becomes a heart issue. Anger comes from the heart. Again a higher standered of rules. Kingdom rules to live by.

      In each commentment He mentions, He then raises the standard or bar by saying " But I say to you......"

      When Jesus mentioned in verse19 where He talks about " the least of these commandments" it was the" But I say to you" that he was talking about. It was not the physical acts of sin that Jesus mentioned but the sins of the heart. It is the sins of the heart which is a much greater problem. The hardest sins to overcome are the sins of the heart.

      Which is harder to follow, not commiting the physical act of adultry or not thinking about commiting adultry in the heart.

      Jesus never commited the act of adultry. But more important than that He never even thought about it. That is the Kingdom way of thinking and that is what He was trying to explain.

      In verse 20 Jesus said " For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousnes of these scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven." You see, the scribes and Pharisees think that to get into heaven all you need is to follow the 10 Commandments. And what Jesus was basicly saying is, their wrong.

      God's Kingdom standards of rules rest in the heart. This is what Jesus was talking about. Not the 10 Commandments.

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      Billionaire Brains 

      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your comment, Graceinus. I really appreciate having this dialogue with someone who is knowledgable about the Word of God. I read your comment thoroughly and then went back and looked at Matthew 5-7 as you suggested. What I found was this:

      "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law of the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of these commandments and teaches other to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven..." (Matthew 5:17-19)

      I think that makes my point very clearly.

      Grace through faith is very real, but what is faith without works? If one is not obedient to God, does that person really know and love God?

      I believe there is no old and new covenant, but a fulfillment of the one and only covenant. God doesn't change, because he is not like us humans who change our minds.

      Our Lord, Jesus Christ, says we must "give to human authority what is theirs, but give to God what belongs to Him."

      For this to be true, something must belong to God. What is that? Is it a simple prayer of "thanks for your grace and blessings"?

      God is not a vending machine which we must constantly be looking to receive from. We receive through seeking Him and we seek him through humbling ourselves and being obedient to His word.

      That's where I'm coming from. The Ten Commandments did not go out of fashion after Jesus rose from the dead. It is not now, nor ever will be OK to murder, lie and commit adultery.

      Take care, and God bless.

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      7 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Shadow Jackson- I must disagree on a point you made in regards to seeking the Kingdom of God. There is nothing in the NT that mentions tithing as part of or having any aspects of seeking the Kingdom of God. Although I do agree that we, as christians, should give as much as possible to those is need. Tithing applied only to the Nation of Isreal in the Old Testament that was a Law in the Old Covenant. Over lapping the two covenants does not work. If you read the Sermon on the Mount which is Matthew chapters 5 through 7 it provides a bit of an open window into the Kingdom of God which is mentioned 8 times in this sermon. Very little of the things you've mentioned in your Hub come from the Sermon on the Mount. Also many of the parables of Jesus where related to the Kingdom of God. Which also provides a glimpes into God's Kingdom. And I was surprised you did not mention any of them.

      Seeking God's Kingdom and His righteousness also requires a certian amount of understand of God's grace which you also failed to mention. It is through grace through faith that we receive righteousness because of what Jesus Christ did for us. This is where we obtain His righteousness. Not by trying to follow the 10 Commandments as you mentioned in this Hub. If you understood the Sermon on the mount then you would understand what I mean by this.

      Just so that you are aware the title of your Hub comes from Matthew 6:33 which is the only part of the Sermon on the Mount that you mentioned. Which is the main reason I made this comment. I hope you will take the time to really study this sermon and the parables to give you a far better understanding of seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness.

      Many blessings.


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