It is a common occurrence in my house that keys are lost or rather misplaced. When you are trying to find ‘lost’ keys they seem to be the most important thing in the world at that time.
After Jesus’ temptation by the devil he started to preach. What he preached was the kingdom of God. The people in Jesus’ day thought they knew all about the kingdom of God. They lived where it used to be! They were looking for its restoration.
The Jews knew the stories of Solomon’s kingdom. In fact this takes up nearly 1/3 of the book of kings. There are almost 40 kings of Judah / Israel in the book of kings, and 1/3 of the book is focused on just one. Why? It is because Solomon represented the height of the Israelite kingdom – God’s kingdom. And that is what the people wanted. They wanted a temple filled with gold, the neighbouring nations coming and paying tribute to the nation and people flocking to Jerusalem to learn the truth about God. (Is that what people want for the church?)
A kingdom like that is not like your keys, you can’t easily such a kingdom. It has to be conquered. When Jesus taught them to seek first the kingdom of God, it would have seemed like a strange thing. They knew where it should be. The Romans were in the way. What did Jesus mean by saying seek first the kingdom?
What he was saying was that the kingdom was different from what they were expecting. Jesus spent much of his time teaching on the kingdom but it was difficult getting past preconceived ideas. When he told them to seek it first he meant understanding this new kingdom of God was of primarily importance.
Today still have to seek first the kingdom. What does that mean for me today? Is it still that understanding Jesus’ kingdom is of primary importance? Perhaps it is getting past my preconceived ideas where God is? Of what the kingdom is?