It’s not about winning; this is not a competition (well not this time around). I just want to be right, right with God and upright in His eyes. I see how much He values this trait and so I want to make Him happy and practice this.
Righteousness is so important to God. It takes a close second to love. Righteousness paired with justice is repeated so many times in the bible that I had to look into what an upright man is. I also noticed the many blessings that are always linked to striving and working towards being this “right person”. And boy do I want those!
Nothing is mahala (free) and working towards righteousness is a full time job. Many temptations rise to meet the challenge, suddenly bribes become easily accessible and other devilish desires seem to sprout up at a heavier speed.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away from the fact that righteousness needs to be sought, broken down to simple acts and understood.
I received revelation of a well-known scripture in Matthew 6:33 that reads: “But seek ye first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
When I think of a kingdom, I always think of a castle, a throne, huge land, servants, a King, queen and princesses etc. Some of these metaphors are often used in the bible, so I’ve always believed this is what this verse alluded to.
I then remembered that the kingdom of God is actually righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. I realised that the kingdom is not a location or fixed building but a condition of the heart. This means that one can enter the kingdom where the Holy Ghost is present.
Essentially, that verse then reads: “But seek ye first His [righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Righteousness is mentioned twice in one sentence, for emphasis. It isn’t a passive gift. It must be actively sought along with peace and joy. All the things that we want and need will naturally and easily be given to us. It’s guaranteed.
All this time, my focus has been on searching and hunting for these ‘things’ that are already provided for. Instead of righteousness, peace and joy, I’ve experienced misery, stress and anxiety – a complete opposite of what God has ordained for my life.
So I read Matthew 6:25-33 again, and this is what I gathered:
I don’t have to worry about a thing. I am His daughter, He loves me, will never forsake me and He will take care of me.
So now that I am aware, things have changed (or at least starting to). My priority now is His Kingdom, entirely designed for my good and benefit.
How is awesome is that?