The First Things First Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33

There is no sentence which more distinctively expresses the mind of Jesus regarding the conduct of life than "Seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness." It gathers up everything into itself. It is His definition of the chief good which is within the reach of men. Many other words of His may be taken as ruling principles of life, but they are only parts of this simple and sublime utterance. It is the "secret of Jesus," the clue which He put into the hands of men to guide them through the labyrinth of life.

Many of the deep-reaching principles of Jesus were spoken in opposition to those of the Scribes and Pharisees, but in this instance He passes beyond the ideas of any sect or class, and sets forth His thought of the chief aim of life in contrast to what was universally held then, and is also widely, if not universally, held now. In His moral perspective the desirable things of life are arranged in a startlingly new order, and with a surprisingly strong emphasis. He places first what men degrade to a very subordinate position. In the foreground, as men's highest and best good, He sets the quest for the Kingdom of God.

to be continued