The Kingdom of God is also known as the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the place in the Spiritual realm where God reigns as a King.
Jesus Christ told His disciples to seek the Kingdom of God first. There are great benefits of seeking the kingdom of God.
Before Jesus Christ told His disciples to seek His Kingdom first, He had taught them great lessons on worry.
He taught how human beings should not worry as worry doesn’t benefit anything and cannot add anything.
I want to share with you the benefits of seeking the kingdom of God first before any other thing in life.
Leads to no or fewer worries in life.
God is never pleased with our worries. When we worry, it simply shows a lack of trust in Him and His provision. A worried person cannot fulfill the promises of God because they are controlled by fear.
God in His scriptures has promised us never to leave us nor forsake us. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. “So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” ( Hebrews 13:5-6).
Fear is of the devil. He is the one that instills fear in the children of God so that they spent all their time and energy worrying and less time worshipping God. God has given us His Spirit that would help us whenever we feel like getting into fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ( 2 Timothy 1;7) Instead, we should walk in boldness and cast all our care to our God for He cares.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ( 1 Peter 5:7). We all do this through prayer. Prayer is one way of expressing to God a heart of surrender and humility. It is telling God that we cannot do without him.
Believers need to know that they have been justified by faith in Christ Jesus and therefore there is, therefore, no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus. ( Romans 8:2) This is because by believing in Jesus we were declared righteous. God is now not against us.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? ( Romans 8:32-32)
Seeking the kingdom of God, means we are trusting what God did by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die at the cross. When we look at the cross, we see a great demonstration of the love of God towards mankind.
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But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ( Romans 5:8). Seeking the kingdom of God means relying on the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross for our provision.
The Bible says that if God did not spare His own Son but delivered Him to come and pay for our sins how much more will He give us all things with Him. For in Christ Jesus there’ is full of riches.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ( Psalms 16:11). And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 4:19)
Seeking the Kingdom of God brings peace.
There is internal peace for those who seek the Kingdom of God. This is because in the Kingdom of God after believing in Jesus Christ they find out that they have been justified or declared righteous free by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore there is peace with God.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ( Romans 5:1-2)
This peace with God enables us to pass through any situation in life with the knowledge that we are at peace with God. And if there is a painful moment that we are passing through it is not God punishing us because He loves us and wishes as well.
When we seek first the Kingdom of God and understand the peace with God we now develop the peace of God in our hearts. At this point, we will never be anxious because all our hope and trust is in Him. The peace of God guards our hearts and minds to prevent us from worries and instead, we rejoice and become thankful in our hearts.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 4:6-7)
Seeking the Kingdom of God brings rest.
God desires all mankind to find rest in Him. This is because the world we live in is full of evil things that may make us lose hope in life. Rest in God is making a decision that you will not trust in yourself. It is coming to a point of realization that our God is our provider.
God had rescued the nation of Israel with a great plan to make them receive rest after being in slavery for many years in Egypt. He wanted them to rest upon His promises. He wanted them to believe that just as He had promised them, Canaan, a place of rest, He will bring it to pass.
But unfortunately, the nation of Israel didn’t enter the rest of God. They kept on complaining and murmuring in the wilderness and due to their disbelief, God promised that they will never ever his rest because of lack of faith.
And again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest. “Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience.
Again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. ( Hebrews 4:5-10)
Seeking the kingdom of God brings joy.
The kingdom of God is where His presence is found. And the word of God says that in His presence there is fullness of Joy.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ( Psalms 16:11).
When we are always seeking the Kingdom of God, we will rejoice always because we will be contented and have peace in our minds. God will be adding us all the other things that we need in life.
This is what Apostle Paul instructed the church in Philippi.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:4-5)
Other benefits of seeking the kingdom of God are;
When we seek the Kingdom of God we will fully understand justice. This is according to the book of Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all.
God will be attentive to our prayers. This means we would have pleased Him. 1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
When we seek the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness we will live. Amos 5:4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live;
We will be strengthened when we seek the Kingdom of God. 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
Finally, the Lord is always ready to receive and reward benefits to those who seek first the Kingdom of God. We have no option but to always desire to seek His Kingdom.