Seeking First the Kingdom

Seldom in the history of the world has there been a time when lack, failure, distress, and unemployment were more prevalent than they now appear to be. Never before have there been so many theories, projects, and organizations designed to remedy these conditions, and yet, apparently, small progress has been made toward a solution of this worldwide condition of want and lack.

Many years ago our great Master, Christ Jesus, left us a positive rule for overcoming every condition of poverty, lack, and limitation, a rule as simple as it is sure; and yet the world as a whole has overlooked its importance. As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew he said: "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? ... For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Is not the world today busy seeking "these things"? Is it not mainly engaged in trying to secure food, clothing, position, money, and asking, "What shall we eat"? and, "Wherewithal shall we be clothed"? Did not Jesus command us not to seek "these things"? Did he not say, "Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things"? What, then, are we to seek first? Is it not, as Jesus said, "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness"? The question is, Where and how are we to find this kingdom?

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