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Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
The Life Application Study Bible commentary note on this verse reads, “To seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to use his character as your life’s pattern, and to keep on implementing his Kingdom values on earth. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly become most important to you if you don’t actively choose to give God first place in every area of your life. In Jesus’ Kingdom, worrying about daily needs leaves us empty. But maintaining a good relationship with him and loving others give us all these benefits as by-products.”
You may find yourself anxious or concerned about why so-and-so hasn’t responded to your text, how many followers you have on social media, or any other number of things. Today, remember that these things aren’t at all important. Above all else, seek the kingdom of God in your thoughts and actions.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 6:25-34, MATTHEW 1:18-24
QUESTION: In your own words, how would you describe to somebody else what it means to seek the Kingdom of God above all else?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, in the same way that a car runs on gasoline, I know that You have created and designed me to run on You and Your power. Too often I try to accomplish things in my own strength. Today, may I rest in your strength and remember that success is becoming the person You have made me to be, and doing the things You have called me to do, in Your way and in Your timetable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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