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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Yesterday morning I had an encounter with Jesus as I was praying in the Sanctuary. As I was praying for the congregation I found myself lamenting about what seems to be an inability of the congregation to engage in intentional evangelism. This led to a number of things regarding Church growth and outreach. As I lamented, the Lord drew near and spoke. The Lord said, "Seek first the Kingdom." I countered with, "but Lord that is about finances, and worrying about what we are going to eat, drink and wear." To which Jesus said, "that text applies to everything." I was stunned as the implications and applications began to hit home. We all know this, it is not about doing the stuff (like Martha) it is about being with the King (like Mary) as He does the stuff through us. Seek first the Kingdom is about seeking the presence and reign of Jesus Christ who is the KIng of this Kingdom. It has become abundantly clear that when worship focuses on exalting and lifting up Jesus, Jesus will enthrone Himself upon the praises of His people and if there are those who are worshipping for the first time they will see and hear the risen Christ. As we spend more intimate time with Jesus, worshiping Him and exalting Him, He will become present in our daily lives and others will notice.  Jesus said in John 12 that when He is lifted up He will draw all people to Him. So when we grow in intimacy with Jesus, which is a form of lifting Him up we will only want to do what He wants done. When we seek Him and love Him and lift Him up, we will be willing to tell others about Him.Another thing that came to mind, was instead of always harping on Church finances and givings and tithing - teach the people to love Jesus the King, and the financial things will look after themselves. The problem is that we have substituted intimacy with ministry and management. Seek the King and His Kingdom, grow in intimacy with the King and these other things will be taken care of.

I reflected on this concept throughout the day and when I saw how the Lord had used this principle of Seeking the Kingdom, I was able to recall a number of times of how the Lord used me to share Him with others. Seeking the Kingdom is about seeking the intimacy and Lordship of Jesus Christ the King. When we stick close, we will demonstrate what Jesus did in His own ministry. Jesus was so close to the Father that in John 5:19 it says that everything Jesus did He did because He saw the Father doing it. If this is true for me as an individual, it can certainly be true for the congregation as well. The challenge now is to develop a corporate sense of seeking the King and His Kingdom.

When the Lord said "Seek first the Kingdom" in response to my laments, I felt liberated from a load of expectations that are not necessary. Be encouraged today, Seek first the Kingdom and all the things you are waiting for, they will be taken care of.

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13 Comments

Reply Doug Blair
1:11 AM on March 15, 2013 
Nothing matters more than feeding upon the true bread of the Gospels. The focus is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and not ethics, ethics, ethics. In this way we assimilate the life essence of our Master, and become Him in life's everyday situations. It is not a matter of sifting through a list of must-do's in order to meet the pressing demand. Christ is already here. Of course the reproach of Christ will also be felt, and will do its refining work (Hebrews 13)
Reply sep
3:21 PM on February 25, 2013 
All God's Words are true,Amen to this,our congregation is growing,and the finances[which were not good] sorted itself out with "seeking the Kindom of God" first. We are so blessed with the whole Congregation praying together glorifying Jesus,Holy Spirit and God the Father..
Reply kdabbaschild
3:12 PM on January 11, 2013 
Marty says...
The thing that the Lord has laid upon my heart recently goes hand in hand with what you've shared. As we seek the kingdom, become more intimate with the Lord, the kingdom goes with us...is inside of us and wherever we go the kingdom of God is at hand for those who don't know Him. We then have the responsibilty to "release " the kingdom to those around us as we do and say what we see the Father or Jesus doing and saying.

Marty, thanks so much for such a LOVELY and TRUE comment--that we take the KOG within us wherever we go.
Reply kdabbaschild
3:09 PM on January 11, 2013 
Amen, Brother. I think that the corporate sense of seeking the King and His Kingdom comes after the individual sense. I love the last paragraph here. Of course, it is Scripture--God's own words! I pray for you, your congregations, and for ME to BELIEVE it: SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD ALL OTHERS THINGS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. Hmmm...if I don't believe God will give me all that I need, I am probably not spending enough time seeking His Kingdom!
Reply Heather Pollard
5:59 PM on January 10, 2013 
As we "seek first the kingdom" we're trusting the Lord to be at work dealing with all the things that we get concerned about or are waiting for. Yes, he will do this as we partner with him and allow him to work in us and through us. But, more amazingly, he will also be active in all the things we've committed to him, even when we're resting in him and enjoying his intimate presence.
Reply Lan
3:08 AM on January 9, 2013 
i have a question how do i as a lay person bring this same thing to my pastor and elders. this has been on my heart for a long time and now the pastor wants to take the mountain (our church is literally the base of a mountain) for Jesus. there are allot of people who live up there. we need intimacy with Jesus and this is a spiritual battle and huge and without intimacy with Jesus there will be casualties.
Reply Peggy
9:27 PM on January 8, 2013 
Amen, Bernie! Spending time in His presence is so rewarding...there is nothing better! I am so aware of the Holy Spirit's presence all the time and look for opportunities to bless others and/or pray with them to encourage them to go deeper. Also trying to spend more time in His Word. It is all about the relationship.
Reply Christopher Jorna
2:53 PM on January 8, 2013 
Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Bernie! This echoes what I've been feeling from Holy Spirit in His nudges, Seek the Kingdom, Seek the Kingdom and ALL these things will be added....Climb up into Heavenly Papa's lap and be intimate with Jesus, seek the Kingdom first, proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus! He is RISEN! He is PRESENT! Just because He is invisible does not mean He is imaginary!
Reply Hollie Holden
9:09 AM on January 8, 2013 
In the world today we tend to lose focus whether we are a corporate entity, church congregation, or indiviual. I know I panic, and lose focus at times! We truly do need to "seek the kindgdom" and put Jesus first, then things really do get taken care of.
Thanks Bernie for the reminder.
Reply Muriel
9:05 AM on January 8, 2013 
Yes and amen. Staying focused on Jesus and his kingdom is something I constantly strive for but have in no way mastered. I got a picture while praying to him of him filling a cracked pot but the light not being seen very well through the cracks. When I went into praise and worship, the light got brighter till it shot out of those cracks like lazer beams. I think you're onto something Bernie.
Reply Marty
8:55 AM on January 8, 2013 
The thing that the Lord has laid upon my heart recently goes hand in hand with what you've shared. As we seek the kingdom, become more intimate with the Lord, the kingdom goes with us...is inside of us and wherever we go the kingdom of God is at hand for those who don't know Him. We then have the responsibilty to "release " the kingdom to those around us as we do and say what we see the Father or Jesus doing and saying.
Reply Bernie McGale
8:49 AM on January 8, 2013 
Corrine says...
Exactly what the Lord wanted me to hear today. Thank you!

So good to hear from you Corrine. Peace.
Reply Corrine
8:47 AM on January 8, 2013 
Exactly what the Lord wanted me to hear today. Thank you!