What do you seek? What do you long for, more than anything else? Is it success in your career, the approval of friends and family, the fulfillment of dreams such as marriage, a family, starting your own business, or buying a home? Or maybe it’s healing from sickness or a chronic illness. Whatever it is, the longings of our heart indicate where our treasure is (Matt 6:21). Jesus says that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34).
Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a mom. Something about nurturing and loving another tiny human being has always appealed to me. However, that dream has not come to pass yet. Is it hard to see friends starting to have kids, and posting their pictures of their babies on social media? Yes. But I have a choice in that moment. Am I going to respond in jealousy, and recoil in self-pity, or am I going to rejoice over another’s happiness, and surrender my own dreams to the Lord? You see, marriage and family aren’t to be my priority. Seeking the Kingdom of God is to be my priority. So whether I am married or single, that is my mission. Whether I have a family or not, that’s my mission.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matt 6:30-33, ESV
God promised to give us what we need, not what we want. Our mission is not to chase after either, but to chase after what is on His heart. He will take care of the rest.
So what does it look like practically to seek first the Kingdom? We are to seek what is on the heart of God. We are not to think of ourselves first, but to seek first the interests of others, not to seek to be first, but to be last. We are to embrace inconvenience, and to love the least of these. This might mean going out of your way to take a meal to someone. It might mean getting down on the floor with a child when you would rather scroll social media. It might mean getting up earlier in order to spend time with God. Whatever changes we have to make, let’s make it our mission to seek first the Kingdom of God, for He is worthy.