“Seek Ye First”
In 7th grade I tried out for the junior high basketball team and to my surprise made the cut. I was issued a uniform, purchased some basketball shoes, and was given the traveling schedule. As the season progressed I quickly became aware that although I rode the bus, wore the uniform, and hung out with the team, I was nothing more than a glorified bench warmer. Every game I would sit on the sidelines cheering on my teammates, and occasionally my coach (possibly out of pity) would put me in for a few minutes. Although I was on the team, you could say I didn’t contribute much.
Even though I look back now and laugh at how much pride I took in my “yeah, that’s right, I’m on the basketball team” junior high mentality. I am so quickly reminded that, that small window of my life quickly passed and really did not matter too much in the grande scheme of things. This simple recollection of a junior high memory draws such a parallel with our place as believers in the Kingdom of God.
“But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” -Matthew 7:33
As much as I pray “Lord, just like you raised Lazaruz from the dead, I am believing that you can resurrect my GPA…” or another reoccurring prayer “God, my bank account is a little low right now, so if you could just multiply like you did the loaves and the fish I would be oh so grateful.” As real and worrisome school, money, friendships, and work, can be, these things all have one common denominator and that is that they are temporal. I too find myself caught up in the trivial things of life, often devoting my time, thoughts, and passions, to things that will be left for dust when that trumpet is sounded.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away.” Luke 21: 33
Jesus’ short 33 years on earth gave us such direction and inspiration in how to behave in a kingdom way. Loving sinners, healing the outcast, showing mercy to those who did not deserve, these were all actions that defied odds and gave us the precedent in a Kingdom lifestyle. Jesus taught to save, he gave moral teachings, extended Himself to others and sent His followers out into all the world. Jesus was building up a kingdom, not an earthly kingdom with swords or shields, but a kingdom which would be fulfilled. He spoke compassion, cared for the ones forsaken, and preached the Gospel. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that His death and resurrection was only the beginning of what He had come to earth to do. His whole earthly ministry was preparing and opening the door for a sweeping revival that would be fulfilled under the the apostles of Jesus and even us today. Upon return Jesus gave us the Great Commission, which sets the stage for our purpose and propels us straight into the book of Acts.
I have to often remind myself that as believers we are apart of the greatest “team” that this Earth has ever seen. No sports team, club, social group, or political party, has such an impact or influence as the body of Christ in His kingdom. The Bible is known as the most sold book in all of the world. Globally, thousands and thousands are coming to know Christ and receiving His spirit every single week. We are a part of something so much bigger than our selves. We get to be a part of His Great Commission process and contribute first hand to something that will long outlive us.
The problem with the eternal plan of God is that so often we don’t make it internal.
God has a specific and unique plan for each believer in the Kingdom of God, but its up to US to personalize our role and contribute. We see how each disciple in the scripture came from a different background, saw life different, but all had one universal action… they forsook all else and followed Jesus. If we want to see the scripture “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” why don’t WE take the initiative and be the physical hands and feet of Jesus to help usher that unto the earth. Kingdom work that is personalized is not a force easily shaken.
“What Can I Be Doing In the Kingdom of God?”
- But Him first in all we do (our time, our money, our thoughts).
- Be a proponent of the Gospel…live it out and walk in salvation.
- Be the hands and feet of Jesus (working in charities, helping the less fortunate).
- Live with extended mercy and grace, the world doesn’t need our fleshly condemning, but the mercy of God that is new every morning.
- Get involved in our churches…plugging ourselves in gives connection and strength to the body of Christ.
Jesus has already told us in His scripture that if we will FIRST seek Him and His Kingdom all the other trivial things of this life will be supplied and taken care of. The beautiful thing is, we have assurance and protection under the Kingdom of God. We don’t have to worry about what the future will hold, or how a need will be met when we are living intentionally in His kingdom. Our main job as beings on this earth should not be our work or our self promotion, but rather being humble enough to subject our plans/desires/wishes to first propel His kingdom. Kingdom work is servant work. Servant work is not always glamorous or caught on camera for all to see, but we aren’t living for ourselves for ourselves or others… but for our Master.
& some day when we stand at the gate of heaven we will hear “well done thy good and faithful servant…”
ABOUT THE WRITER: MADISON GADDY
Madison Gaddy is a “woman of faith” from the great state of ARKANSAS. She is currently studying psychology at the University of Central Arkansas, and plans to pursue her passion in counseling. She loves all things flower and plant related, and enjoys a good cup of joe. Traveling has become her greatest joy, and she is so excited to work in Tanzania, Africa this summer on the Next Steps program.
P.S. Madison is a inspiration in everything she does always uplifting others. She is beautiful inside and out! I am very blessed to know her and for the memories we have made-priceless. Madison’s next adventure is to Tanzania and she is selling these darling handstiched hats in an effort to fundraise. If you’re interested please contact Madison on Instagram at her handle above. -Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley