Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)
What does seeking first his kingdom really mean to us today? Recently while studying in preparation for class, I came across this story of the life of a Sunday School teacher from long ago. Edward Kimball was a SS teacher in Boston for a class of teenage boys. He was really convicted over the spiritual condition of the boys in the small group, so he began to visit each one individually to find out if they were believers. One day he visited a shoe store where one of the boys worked. This boy was none other than the Dwight L Moody. That day in the stockroom of that store DL Moody gave his life to the Lord. He went on to become an international evangelist; preaching and teaching to millions, founder of 3 schools and 2 publishing houses. Moody shared with millions the power of seeking first his kingdom which led to Chapman being converted, which led to William Sunday being converted, which led to Mordecai Fowler begin converted, which led to Billy Graham accepting Christ.
Do you see the pattern here?
If you didn’t know the legacy of these other men in ministry, chances are you do know the legacy of Billy Graham. Graham, a life lived serving God through the power of the Holy Spirit, led millions of lives to a saving knowledge of Christ through his evangelist work. Maybe you are a convert from a Billy Graham Crusade. So as I reflect on the book of Acts and our call as believers to seek first his kingdom in the gospel of Matthew, I am challenged. Every act of obedience carries with it the potential to mightily impact our world for the Kingdom of God. Oh to be like Philip, to be willing to submit to the call set before me. Every act!!! Even the act of seeking, that seems so trivial, has Kingdom results. Kimball was willing to seek. We must be obedient today to seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness.
The ministry of LCA must remain rooted in His kingdom purpose and in our pursuit for His righteousness. That is our prayer today and every day. Oh Lord allow us to be rooted in You and You alone.
Written by: Tracie Rothe, US Bible Teacher