Adding to the task of knowing God and His will, comes an understanding of “kingdom priority.”
Thoughts tend to focus on the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus emphasized “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”
Considering the use of the word translated righteousness (which can also be translated “just”), we find an Old Testament context of God’s justice for the poor, widows, and strangers.
What ideas might be raised for leaders who think about the use of this idea Jesus preached to His Jewish brethren?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied (Mt. 5:6).
Unless your justice surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:20).
Seek first His kingdom and His justice, and all these things will be added to you (Mt. 6:33).
Reading the context of Matthew chapter six, we find attention given to not worrying about what we eat, drink, or wear, but the kingdom accompanied by a focus on God’s justice.
How will this change our leadership in the church? More next week…