Intimacy with Jesus: Seeking First His Kingdom and His Righteousness
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Some believers twist this text to say in their heart of hearts, “Seek your needs, wants, and desires first by seeking the lucky rabbit’s foot- ‘God’s Kingdom’- so that all these things will be added unto you.” This is by no means intimacy with Jesus. Rather- it is intimacy with the values that are prevalent in our culture- things, things, and more things. For the lonely it would be relationships, relationships, and more relationships. This is by no means to say that those things and relationships are evil. Rather, it is to say that the heart is out of Sync. with the Great King- Jesus; the King of the Kingdom of God and all that is good and right in this world.
Some people do the same with the verse in the Psalms: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, ESV) You can well see that the heart out of Sync. with God and not passionately pursuing intimacy with Jesus will instead passionately pursue their imaginary Jesus- the lucky rabbit’s foot- to get what they desire- once again. It is a natural human thing to do this; but, Romans 8 is devoted that we are living the Supernatural Life Joshua lived in the Spirit in the land of milk and honey- the inner man going from glory to glory.
The heart is a complex matter and in Romans 7 we are told it flits back and forth on these matters. One minute it seeks Jesus for the sake of what and who Jesus is. Then, the next minute it can flit over to seek Jesus for what He can give and do for us.
To be intimate with Jesus we are not only seeking to build His Kingdom (his interests not our own kingdom), we are also seeking the things that please Him on a daily basis- His righteousness. Jesus is the Every Day God and so- every day He expects us to be about His business. So, the writer to the Hebrews says, “Encourage one another daily…” Jesus says, “take up your cross daily and follow me.” Paul, regarding surrendering his own life and life ambitions to the call of Apostleship said, “I die daily.” He died to himself- not literal- but, experientially. Being intimate with Jesus does produce the effect of our daily lives seeing needs, wants, and desires met to promote His Kingdom or they were meted out for that end whether or not we squander them like the “bad steward” in the parable of the stewards. What are you really seeking reader- even by reading this- Jesus or something else first?