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Devotional - week of January 29, 2012


SEEKING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

 

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

In the passage before this verse, Jesus speaks of worrying about such things as food, drink and clothing. These are, of course, the very basic needs of life.

Jesus says that we should not worry about these basic needs. All we have to do is seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and these needs will be provided. Seeking the Kingdom seems to mean reaching out to receive all the Kingdom has for us and making ourselves available to God as instruments of expansion of the Kingdom.

Seeking the righteousness of God is a different thing. We are to seek to be filled with God’s righteousness and not our own. Romans 5:17 is an excellent explanation concerning seeking the righteousness of God. That verse reads:

 

For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

We seek righteousness by receiving it. The word “received” is in the Greek tense that calls for continual action. We are to continue to receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. But how do we receive His righteousness.

The last of the five commands leading to experiencing our oneness with Christ is, “… and [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” In addition to obeying the first four of the commands, we are to make our bodies available to God for Him to use them as instruments of His righteousness. In this manner, we are filled with the righteousness of God.