Psalm 85 world of peace and justice by J. A. Swanson (Source: Eyekons Gallery)
Matthew 6:31-33 (God’s Word Translation) – “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.
The above passage is part of a longer conversation where Jesus is teaching his followers not to be too anxious about how they will obtain their daily needs. Jesus says to them that if their first concern is about the ‘kingdom of God’, their other material needs will be provided for. This is a promise and a commitment from Jesus.
What is this ‘kingdom of God’? Earlier in Matthew 6:10, Jesus taught his followers to pray “Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.” The kingdom of God is any place where God’s will is the guiding light; and the foundational principles that powers everything in this kingdom are:
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ – Matthew 22:37-39
Thus, wherever there is a sincere abounding love of God and a sincere abounding love of neighbor, the kingdom of God has taken root in that place. So, the kingdom of God is not a place we are going to get to by entering an airplane, a ship or a car; its’ about people, its’ about a loving relationship with God and with one another.
May the God of mercy and grace, give you a fuller understanding about his kingdom of limitless love, that he is building on earth today, Amen!