The Kingdom of God

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

This verse, in their 19 words, reveals the heart of God and what He expects us to do every day. What is to seek? Seeking is going out of our comfort zone and take action, go and meet with God, is to search His Word to know His thoughts and His will, it is actively engaged in finding the truth. First means we have to do before anything else. This word indicates where to start, what should be our priority. It also shows the focus point from where the goals, objectives and purposes.

Many have heard of the Kingdom of God, but do we really know its meaning? The Word says that the Kingdom of God is like a planted seed that sprouts, grows and produces fruit ready to be harvested. That seed can be as small as a mustard seed, but can grow large enough to surpass everything else and shelter us in it. The Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. However, as Paul puts it, the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink. Therefore, the Kingdom of God cannot be tangible and visible as an earthly kingdom, but its spiritual extension is as immense as God Himself.

Becoming part of the Kingdom of God requires us to certain requirements. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus indicates how difficult it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God because he or she puts more confidence in money than in God. As Jesus himself says, we cannot serve two masters and we have to choose between serving God and serving mammon. If money is more important to a person than to serve God, obviously that person will have difficulty in allowing God to rule his or her life. In Luke 6:20, Jesus clearly states that the Kingdom of God is for the poor. The reason is obvious: the poor are totally dependent on God, completely subject to His will because they know they can do nothing on their own strength. Many wealthy people, however, might even think they do not need God because they feel powerful enough for their wealth.

Another requirement to enter the Kingdom of God is being away from sin. Jesus rebukes us hard about it even to sort us to draw an eye if our sight becomes a tool for sin. Paul lists a list of practitioners of sin who cannot inherit the Kingdom of God unjust, immoral, idolaters, adulterers, effeminates, thieves, homosexuals, covetous, drunkards, revilers and swindlers.

To stay away from sin, we need to be born again of water and the Spirit. Jesus tells us that this condition is necessary to see the Kingdom of God. To be born again must receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and then also receive the Holy Spirit. But before being recipients of such holiness, we need to repent and renounce sin forever, never look at our past. God bless you.

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