Seek First God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness

One of the famous slogans in the global workforce is: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Based on that mindset, people set out day after day to earn others’ approval. Whether it is to impress the boss, a colleague, or whomever, people can become driven by the need to please and be approved by others to feel good about themselves only to be disappointed and unsatisfied. What a terrible way of life having such stress looming in one’s heart daily, but there is a better way.

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“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

Romans 8:5

The world is magnetic in that it continually draws people to seek the wrong things, whether that comes in the form of lustfulness, materialism, or whatever. It can quickly set people on a path to pursue that which will never satisfy and, for many, lead to destruction. Why? Because such empty pursuits often, if not always, leave God out of the picture. That was Apostle Paul’s point: “Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh.”

Paul also said, “Those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” In other words, when we live according to God’s word and seek His righteousness and center our thoughts and actions on what pleases Him, we will be satisfied. How do we know that to be true? Jesus, during His sermon on the mount, gave us one of many beautiful promises. He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).

Therefore, as we set out to engage the world around us to usher in a new work week, let us seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness in all things, and be prepared to stand in awe by what He does both in and through us to make us whole and satisfied.

Blessings,
Darryl Orrell


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4 thoughts on “Seek First God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness

  1. Jim September 14, 2020 / 4:47 PM

    In the 23rd Psalm, I ask to lay in green pastures and to be led by still waters so that my spirit can better see and recognize the path to righteousness that I seek. Thanks for the reminder of the sermon; I do thirst for righteousness every day.

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    • Darryl Orrell September 14, 2020 / 5:51 PM

      Amen! Thank you, Jim, for sharing such a vivid image from Pslam 23! What a beautiful and poetic passage of Scripture. When it comes to thirsting for righteousness every day, as should we all who are called by His name, my brother! 🙂

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    • Darryl Orrell September 14, 2020 / 5:54 PM

      Thank you, Tamara, for taking the time to visit, read, and express your support. We do appreciate such a blessing! 🙂

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