Seek first the kingdom of God. What was Christ telling us? How does that instruction look in a devoted believer’s life?
Let’s take man’s natural inclination (which is not to seek God’s kingdom) and visit Genesis 11. There you see the descendants of Noah gathered together in the city of Babel. Nimrod, the defiant, had established the city and created a kingdom. It culminated in the people making this declaration, “Let us make a name for ourselves!” So they built the city and a tower whose top was to pierce the heavens, so they may arrogantly announce, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God!”
Their resources combined to seek their own kingdom, yet the very thing they wanted to mount stirred wonder in the psalmist. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars…what is man?” Then the exclamation bursts from his lips, “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” He was not seeking his own kingdom, but was admiring the kingdom of God.
When we seek our own kingdom, we see the world differently. We use our life differently. Our ambition is to leave a mark for posterity. Our aim is self-gratification. We see the world as ours for our own consumption. When we seek the kingdom of God, we desire His mark on our life. We marvel at His creative force and are compelled to worship Him in humility. It revolves around the name.
Are you busy making a name for yourself or are you consumed with the excellence and adoration of the name above all names?