This isn’t one of those bible verses that are hard to understand or easily taken out of context.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
It’s the old classic, “don’t worry” verse. But, there’s more to it. As a boss in the middle of this crazy world, it’s essential that you understand this truth.
Jesus addresses the crowd at the sermon on the mount, stating that there is nothing to be gained from storing up treasures on earth. In addition to that, he goes on to describe how we can’t serve God and money. He breaks it down further to basic life needs. Specifically what you eat, drink and wear. He compares us to animals and plants, saying that since God cares for them he will care for us much more. He says that Gentiles seek after these things, but God already knows you need them. He then tells us to not worry, but he doesn’t say “don’t worry”. He says “Seek first the kingdom of God”.
That’s the part we get hung up on. We are so focused on telling people not to worry, that we forget to tell them what to replace it with. The void has to be filled with something positive, or destructive behavior could take over.
Once anxiety is removed, kingdom seeking behavior needs to take it’s place. Here are some ways to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”.
- Read the Bible and meditate daily.
- Join a bible study to help with interpretation and study.
- Join a bible believing church or community.
- Give to others.
- Join other believers in a small group or ministry aimed at volunteering.
- Spread the Gospel.
- Work as if you are working for the Lord.
- Love God, love your neighbor as yourself.
Who has time to worry if you are busy living your life for God? The added stress from worry can also cause severe health issues. Not a good choice. It basically doesn’t make sense. You can’t fix anything by “worrying” about it.
Two final thought about this.
- Matthew 6:33 is not a suggestion or a request, it’s a fact. Is it also a command?
- If God will provide for basic things, won’t he also provide for you in times of great distress or need?