June 8 – Righteous Kingdom, Part 2

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Righteous Kingdom, Part 2

“The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does He use it?’” –Andrew Murray

For every divine pursuit, there is a delightful promise. “And all these things shall be added unto you” is what the hungry, thirsty, naked soul needs to hear. But such a promise is only guaranteed to those who “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

C.S. Lewis said, “Aim at heaven, and get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and get neither.” This is the sentiment of Christ’s promise.  It is only in the seeking that we find, it is only in the asking that we receive, it is only in the knocking that the door is opened wide to the glorious additions of God.  Consider the phrase “added unto you.”

This is not just increase, this is increase with a divine design. The word “added” is prostíthēmi which comes from two Greek words prós, “towards, with” and títhēmi, “to set, lay down” – in other words, put together for a purpose. The basic idea is this: Those who actively pursue God’s kingdom will see the additions of God as an opportunity to steward His glorious gifts.

All the stuff He bestows upon us is no longer viewed as mere possessions, but rather, they become opportunities. They become opportunities for what, you may ask? That is simple – they become opportunities to better pursue His kingdom and righteousness!

Daily Reading: Job 31-34

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