Understanding Righteousness Part 3

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—(Matthew 6: 33)

This verse of scripture today is the end of all anxiety you might ever have in your life.

Jesus, at the Sermon on the Mount, broached several aspects on the subject of our personal conduct; the Beatitudes, our calling, adultery, charity, prayer and so on. I implore you to take time to study the entire sermon found in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7.

However, when He came to the aspect of daily provision— clothes, food, drink—what foremost psychologist, Abraham Maslow described as the most basic of human needs in his 1943 paper, the Heirarchy of Needs, Jesus said, “…Take no thought…” meaning, have no anxiety about your provision (Matthew 6:25-32). We aren’t to give one conscious moment to lack and insufficiency.

If you are like me, I’m guessing your next question would be: “Why?”

His reason is embedded in verse 32: “…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

“So if my Heavenly Father knows I have need for rent money, groceries, clothes, electricity, is that enough?” you might ask.

The answer is Yes and No.

Yes because He said to take no thought about these things because by worrying, you couldn’t even add an inch to your height. (Matthew 6:27). Yes because, if He feeds the birds of the air and clothes the lilies of the field that are worth less to Him, how then would He not provide for you?

And no because in the opening scripture, Jesus tells us what to do to get our needs met;

He said:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—(Matthew 6: 33)

The good news if you are already born again, is that you are one step ahead; you have sought the kingdom. And according to Romans 10:9-10, you have with your mouth declared that Jesus is your KING (another word for Lord). You are now a member of His Kingdom.

The critical part of getting your needs met is seeking His Righteousness.

God’s righteousness refers to His Character; how he acts and reacts in every situation. The Amplified version describes it as “His way of doing and being.right,” which in a sense points to a oneness between you and the Father.

He says, seek (meaning, look for with heightened intention) my way of doing and being right. In other words, He is saying : learn how I act and react generally, and all these things the Gentiles seek after will be added unto (or lavished on) you.

How instructive. You know, many a leader or parent would tell their ward to do as they say and not necessarily as they do. But in asking us to seek God’s righteousness, Jesus was asking us to learn to act and react exactly how God acts and reacts. And that something about how God acts and reacts will cause the rent money, the groceries, the electricity bill and the clothes to the paid for.

You only learn to act and react like God by copying Him; listening to Him not just for what He says to say or do in different circumstances but for His motives. Seeking His righteousness is more like entering into an apprenticeship program of the Word of God in which you learn to be like your Heavenly Father.

The Revised Version of Ephesians 5:1 says: “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;”

Seeking God’s righteousness is about:

  • Meditating on the Word of God
  • Studying the Word of God
  • Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and other believers
  • And practicing the Word of God

 

 

made righteous

As you begin to seek His righteousness, you will be acquainted with “His way of doing and being right”. You will come grasp and manifest His way of excellence, accuracy and consistency in your life.

Trust me, being broke will become history, you will come to an awareness that God calls whatever He wants into being and that, He expects you to do same .

You will come to understand God’s character; why He created everything Man will ever need before ever creating Adam.

You will come to grasp His consistency, how that He reveals Himself to us in a rather progressive manner; bit by bit. To Abraham, He was ElShaddai; to Moses, He was Jehovah and to us He is The LORD Jesus.

And more, you will progressively act like Him in excellence, accuracy and consistency.

Like John the Apostle, I write that you might know these things and handle them of the Word of Life.

To be continued….

Shalom!

P.N. Igbinijesu

 

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