Week 1 Challenge: Seeking Or Striving?

What did Jesus say?

Seek God’s Kingdom

  • Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

In Other Text:

  • Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
  • Titus 3:4-6 “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,”


Jesus wants us to seek Him first, and to seek to live a life that follows His righteous ways, empowered by His Spirit. But why?

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus spent the majority of this conversation, found in Matthew 6:25-34, on the topic of anxiety?  And in a verse small enough to pass right by, He says, “But seek first the Kingdom of God…”. 

When we strive after the things of this world in an attempt to find safety, security, and satisfaction, we often find ourselves left with a heaping pile of disappointment.  Food may fill our bellies, but it can’t fill our soul.  Clothes may express our personality, but they can’t provide our identity.  Relationships are a blessing, but also bring challenges, as we navigate our faults and failures.  Yet in the middle of all that stirs up our anxiety, Jesus calls us to seek Him first.  He is unchanging.  His wisdom is ageless.  His peace is everlasting.  What will you choose this week?  Worry or wisdom?  Panic or peace?  Your ways or His ways?

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