The Kingdom of God, also referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven, was the primary focus of Jesus’ teachings. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to “Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness.” To seek means to make effort to find or achieve something. So what exactly are we looking for and where is it located?
Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom was near (Matthew 3:2), and in fact, it exists within those who believe in Him (Luke 17:21), given that it is a spiritual Kingdom. God’s eternal Kingdom rules universally over all things (Psalm 103:19), transcending all time and all space.
To find the Kingdom, we must enter it as little children (Mark 10:13-16), realizing that we humbly accept His work in us by grace. Repentance, our agreement with God that His ways are better than the world’s, along with belief in Christ, lead a person to a spiritual birth and entrance into the Kingdom (Matthew 3:2; John 3:3-5).
Once in the Kingdom, we live an empowered life! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have access to a life of love, joy, and peace. As we abide in Christ like a vine connected to the branch, we are able to joyfully obey God’s direction (John 15:5-12) and put to death the evil desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17).
Doing God’s will is evidence that we are living from within the Kingdom (Matthew 7:21).
Our Kingdom lives are about growing in our dependence upon the Spirit—our source of power for godly living. By following the Holy Spirit, our daily wants and cares are replaced by a greater concern for the eternal destination of mankind. Do the matters of Jesus’ eternal Kingdom occupy the greatest place in our hearts and minds? When our primary concern is whether or not God has supremacy authority in our lives, we’re putting the kingdom first.
God’s Word says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).”