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Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Part 3
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Legalism has hindered many Christians, keeping them from enjoying everything God has for them. The kingdom of God is within us. Our redemption includes resting in Him. In order for us to rest in the finished work of the cross, we must know that we are righteous, (innocent and in right standing with God), we have been given His peace, the sin debt was paid on the body of Jesus, and God has also given us His joy.
I recently read this quote; “Adam’s transgression opened our eyes to a dimension of separation, dragged us from resting in all-sufficiency to the anxiety of perpetual lack.” Jesus came to redeem us with His blood, and restore our rest to us, so that we could again rest in God’s all-sufficiency.
Many Christians labor at their occupations with anxiety of perpetual lack driving them to work day and night, usually just to make ends meet. Some are driven endless hours to try to get rich. Many spend the first half of their lives building their wealth, just to spend wealth to restore their failing health in the second half. Friends there is something drastically wrong with that picture. Those folks I described are not at rest, and are in unbelief! Come to the table of grace, stop the toiling, and find His rest! Many have missed out on the precious moments of their children growing up. To them, I say there is no condemnation, and it’s never to late, wake up and quit doubting your redemption. He has prepared a rest in ‘His’ all sufficiency for you! Enter into the joy of the Lord.
And he called his name Noah, saying; This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands… (Genesis 5:29 NKJV) This is a reference to Jesus, and the rest we have in our redemption. The name Noah means “rest.”
Within every Christian is the kingdom of God, and part of that kingdom is joy. The word joy means to be happy, calm delight, glad and joyful. Joy also means to be content. Wherever you are, God wants you to be at peace, and full of joy (be content) because He has made it clear to us through Paul that “my God shall supply ALL your needs according to His riches on glory by Christ Jesus “(Philippians 4:19).
We can be content and at rest in the finished work of Jesus, knowing that He will never let us down. Let’s don’t refer to contentment as some do by saying, “well this is my lot in life; God is teaching me something.” No a thousand times no, that isn’t your loving father who finds GREAT worth in you and has richly supplied for you in Christ. When you are fully persuaded of this, you can have exceeding joy, and you will be content.
Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I say to you, do not worry…”
To worry is to be anxious, fearful, and also doubtful. Webster’s dictionary says that worry also means to ‘strangle’. Where have we heard that before? Mark 4:19; worry and anxiety entering in and ‘choke’ the word making it unfruitful.
God doesn’t want us seeking after things, for He knows we have need of these things. He is showing us in Matthew 6 just how valuable we are to Him, and how much He loves us.
There was a saying in my business that said; “Nobody cares how much you know, until the know how much you care.” God is love, and He is showing us His love for us. We are more valuable to Him than anything. Rest and take great joy in His love and provision, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will add all those things to you.
When you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will find His love and your redeemed innocence, which will persuade you that God will richly care for every detail of your life. Joyfully reign in life as kings today!