Seeking His Kingdom And His Righteousness

Q. Could you explain in layman’s terms what it means to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. If you have already done study on this please tell me where to look.

A. Seeking God’s Kingdom means everything we do is done with His Kingdom in mind. For example, Jesus said it means using the wealth we’ve been given to store up treasure in Heaven instead of spending it on things that don’t matter here (Matt. 6:19-21). One way we can do that is to repay the generosity God has shown us by being generous to those in need. And we don’t have to worry about giving too much away, because the measure we use in giving to others will determine the measure He uses in blessing us (Luke 6:38).

Put another way, Paul said seeking God’s Kingdom means to fix our eyes not on what we can see but what we can’t see (2 Cor. 4:18). That means to have an eternal perspective, instead of an earthly one. We shouldn’t be so concerned with getting everything this world has to offer. Instead we should be concerned with what the next life will be like. After all it’s the permanent one. This one is only temporary. He also said it means offering our whole being as a living sacrifice to God and refusing to conform to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:1-2). We should ask the Lord what He wants us to do with our life, instead of going off to do our own thing.

We seek His righteousness by agreeing to allow His death to pay for our sins. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21). This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:22).

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