“Instead be concerned above everything else with the kingdom of God and with what He requires of you, and He will provide you with all these other things.”[Good NewsBible] Matthew 6:33.
Our father knows that we need food, clothes, shelter and as per Maslow’s hierarchy of needs these three are the basic human needs.
Before these basic material needs, however, the Lord asks us to be concerned with His kingdom!
What does it even mean to be concerned with the kingdom of God or seeking the Kingdom of God FIRST?
Literally, it is to take a serious look at whether God has authority in our lives because He is the King of the kingdom we want to be the citizens of. When Jesus had but a short time ahead before being crucified, He told His disciples that He is not going to leave them alone, that instead, He will send them a Helper who will direct them, teach them, and remind them of everything He taught them(John 14:17-18,26).
This is the one and only way that God uses to rule the citizens of His kingdom while still in the world. Through the promised Helper, the Holy Spirit.
A person is said to accept Jesus as their personal savior and king when they accept to be born again both by the water and the spirit of God(John 3:5). When we are born of the spirit that’s when we put down, mortify our flesh and its desires and tendencies, and accept to be ruled by the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves abiding in Christ, not focused on what the flesh desires. Our minds set on what the Spirit desires, and we produce good fruits(Romans 8:1).
Our life’s powers are focused on being put right with God, and pleasing the King of our lives. Then as the basic and other human needs are put in the second place they work on themselves naturally because they are also ruled by the Creator. The Lord exclaims“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” Psalms 50:10. Don’t even the pagans run after all these things, and doesn’t our heavenly Father knows that we need them?
Our daily experience will then be reflected by this song “You, Lord is all I have, you give me all I need, my future is in your hand. How wonderful are your gifts to me, how good they are.”Psalms 16:5,6.