In Matthew’s Gospel (Mt. 6:33), Jesus instructs us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” suggesting that if we do that, everything else will fall into place.
I came across a passage from Charles Swindoll’s Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, which provides a good way to think about what that would like in our lives. He writes
If I am to seek first in my life God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, then whatever else I do ought to relate to that goal: where I work, with whom I spend my time. … Every decision I make ought to be filtered through the Matthew 6:33 filter: where I put my money, where and how I spend my time, what I buy, what I sell, what I give away. That means a two-pronged question needs to be asked each time: Is this for His kingdom? Does it relate to His righteousness.
Asking those questions may not help me decide in the morning whether to eat yogurt or cereal for breakfast. But if we could train ourselves to always ask the question, to keep it in the forefront of our minds – no matter how minor the issue seems to be at first blush – I suspect it would have an enormous impact on our decisions about how we spend our time, our money and our talents.
Is it for His kingdom? Does it relate to His righteousness?