“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”Jesus ~ Matthew 6:33
Prepare Your Heart:
Read Matthew 6:25-34
How do we seek God’s righteousness during this Christmas season? Wise men still seek Him. The “easy” answer is that we pursue right living – making good decisions, being honest, living with integrity, being kind, etc. It’s interesting how we are so trained to default to our own efforts.
If we look at what Jesus said here, we find that He didn’t tell us to go work hard to become righteous. He said to seek God’s righteousness. This means that righteousness is something to be found, not something to be done.
Righteousness is right-standing with God. The righteous person can stand in God’s presence without guilt or condemnation, fully free from judgement. The reality of Jesus is that without Him, no one can achieve righteousness. If we could do it on our own, His sacrifice wouldn’t be necessary. If we didn’t need a Savior, we wouldn’t rejoice at His birth.
In this season of grace, we are reminding ourselves to focus on the one thing that really matters, which is Jesus. Do we focus on Him by doing good things? The more righteously we behave, does that help us to focus on Him? Or is it the reverse?
Romans 5:17 tells us that righteousness is a gift that we receive. We don’t earn it. But let’s take it a step further. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says:
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption . . .
Do you see it? Jesus became for us righteousness. The KJV says “who is made unto us.” Became for us, is made unto us – Jesus is God’s righteousness on our behalf. When we seek the One who matters, when we pursue Him in His Word, in prayer, in faith, then we are seeking His righteousness. And from that place, righteous living will follow. We don’t seek righteousness by trying to be righteous. Rather, we become righteous when we seek Jesus. After all, He became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Spend this season seeking the One and find the gift of righteousness. And all the things will be added.
- What are ways you can spend time seeking the things of God with as much intention as you seek for the perfect gift for friends and family members?
- Do you receive God’s gift of righteousness as an actual gift or are you still trying to earn it?
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