Day 5: Seek the Kingdom

Day 5: Seek the Kingdom
Rebecca Holcomb

“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” Proverbs 25:2
Twice when Jesus gave parables about the kingdom of God he mentioned finding treasure or great value that required making a change or sacrifice to obtain the treasure that would bring joy and success. The kingdom will always be worth any sacrifice. The kingdom will always move us forward.

When we are willing to seek first the kingdom of God and prioritize serving the King, we will receive everything else that we need. The kingdom contains the provision that is needed to carry out the assignments of the King.
God has chosen not to lay his treasures or provision in plain sight, or cast pearls before swine, but he reserves his gifts and himself for those who search him out. Like a parent hiding Easter eggs, he hides gifts for his children in the hopes that we will find them. As king, he owns everything in the kingdom but wants it all for his loyal subjects to enjoy.

When his people are living the righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, that is when his kingdom has come (Romans 14:17). To be kingdom ready is to seek first the Kingdom of God. Then keep seeking and sacrifice so that you can obtain the full measure of the kingdom of God. Realize the treasure, the pearl of great price, and be diligent in searching out all that God has for you.
Don’t be like the Pharisees when Jesus said that tax collectors and prostitutes would enter the kingdom before them (Matthew 21:31). It is not the religious who are kingdom ready, but those who are poor in spirit, who have emptied themselves and are hungry for the King. It is those who are obedient to the King who are kingdom ready.

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