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Kingdom…..

March 15, 2010

Kingdom, Matthew 6:33, and Seeking…..

 

In our weekend services, we closely examined Mathew 6:33.  Jesus spoke the words to “seek his kingdom and his righteousness.” This was a profound command.  This command to “seek” was followed by the promise that “these things will added unto you.”  The words were revolutionary.  The opportunity to have this hillside teaching we know as the Sermon on the Mount is special.

 

Inside this teaching there is a strange truth.  A great surprise.  A profound paradox.  Many are accustomed to playing the game Hide and Seek since they were children.  Maybe this game has clouded our perception of what it means to seek.  In the childhood game, we are responsible for seeking and finding.  Jesus taught that we are responsible for seeking and God does the finding.  We need to seek God and to love him with all our heart.  But the truth is we can not reach Him.  Our arms are too short.  We can not see Him, for our eyes are too dim.  We can not fully understand Him because our understanding is too small. 

 

It is not enough merely to hypothesize a supreme being.  It is not enough even to accept the right God.  Real faith is not just knowing about God:  it is seeking God.  In fact, “seeking God” is often used as a synonym for faith in Scripture. 

 

Isaiah 55:6 is a call to faith: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” 

 

God Himself told Israel, “You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all of your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

 

Amos 5:4 says, “….Seek me that you may live.”

 

 

To “seek” God really means to surrender and let yourself be found.

 

 

Build the Kingdom.