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January 2, 2016

Many people will start this new year of 2016 by making their New Year resolutions. To name a few: some will be focusing on debt cancellation, others on educational goals, others on weight loss, and still others on significant purchases. However, Jesus gave us the ultimate goal for every year in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

This verse is found amid a private conversation that Jesus had with his disciples concerning kingdom lifestyle, which includes: charitable deeds, prayer, fasting, wealth, and judging. Jesus spoke to His disciples on the premise that they understood kingdom principles. One of these principles is, when you are a citizen in a kingdom, the kingdom cares for you by providing the things you need. Less they forget, become distracted, and begin to worry, Jesus assured his disciples that God who was the King of King, creator of all things, sustainer of life, and omniscient would provide them with the necessities of life. Also, this benevolent action by the king depended on the citizen’s loyalty, for if they were rebellious, the King could become a tyrant.

For our continued success in 2016 let me share the meaning of the key words in Matthew 6:33:

Seek = Greek (epizteo) to acquire, strive after, long for, search for, to bend one’s effort to, to pursue

First = Greek (proton) in time, place, order, or importance, preceding all others

Kingdom = Greek (basileia) realm, rule, a government or country headed by a king

Righteousness = Greek (dikaiosune) equity, justification, God-like righteousness

Accordingly, my first and foremost activity for 2016 is to go after, track down, strive after, long for, pursue the kingdom of God with an understanding that in a kingdom the king makes all the laws and it is the citizen’s responsibility to follow them. Secondly, I am to go after, long for, and pursue God’s righteousness, which means I am to be properly aligned and in right standing with Him, which involves knowing Him and His Word. If I can wholeheartedly do this in 2016, I believe my year will be the greatest, most productive and fulfilling year that I have ever experienced, and since I genuinely feel this for myself, I encourage you also to make Matthew 6:33 your New Year’s resolution.

May God bless you and keep you throughout 2016.


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