Monday, March 12, 2012

Seek First † Already Found

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all your needs will be supplied. Fear not little flock because your Father delights to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

This is a statement Jesus made before the cross. The kingdom was the King because speaking of Himself Jesus said "The kingdom of God is among you" (Luke 17:21). The righteousness of the Father is the Son. Jesus was telling these people, by appealing to their basic needs, to continue to seek God so they would fully find Him after His resurrection.

Those who live in the power of His resurrection are born again and at the beginning of their new life they are given everything they need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3a). Jesus wasn't giving a conditional command for Christians. He was encouraging those gathered to hear Him that day to seek God foremost so they may not miss out on the risen Jesus & everything He gives because He would be their true supply in life.

Jesus said in Luke 11:13, "He who seeks finds. The Father knows how to give good gifts to His children. Your Father who is in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" When Jesus said this the Holy Spirit was not yet being given out. Jesus was encouraging people to continue seeking God so they could have God's eternal best, Himself living inside of them.

We who have trusted Jesus are united with God. We have the King, we're in the kingdom, we have His righteousness, and everything we need for life and godliness has already been supplied. God's gifts can never be withdrawn, they are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). We are righteous & supplied forever! Now is the time to rest in our relationship with Him. Our seeking is over! We have Who we need and everything we need! All that is left to do is learn about who He is and become aware of what He has already given (2 Peter 1:3).

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