“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33
What is the Kingdom of God?
There were some misconceptions of the Kingdom of God in the church. For example, the Greek church (orthodox) acknowledges a political monarch to be its spiritual head and the Anglican church has a secular crown for its bishop to be the defender of its faith. Christians even thought that by inserting the name “Christ” in its nation’s constitution, God’s kingdom will come to them at last. Christians have also identified the Kingdom of God with the church of men or even their church denomination as the kingdom.
In Matthew 20:28, Jesus rebukes His disciples by again teaching them about the nature of His Kingdom.It is as though He said;”I have kingdom but not a kingdom of politics, it is a kingdom of brotherhood.Ï have an aristocracy,but not of command.it is my aristocracy of service. I have a House of Lords, it is not a house of noble men, it is my house of equal brothers and peers.
Jesus was not content with just talking and teaching about the Kingdom of God, He illustrated it by washing the legs of the disciples (John13:1 to 17). He used the “feet-washing” lesson to teach them the truth that He, being the King of Kings stooped to be the servant of others.
The Kingdom of God is heavenly in its origin, the purpose is to restore disloyal man back to his true loyaly. Its subjects are sons of God.The gateway (entrance) to the Kingdom is not through the will of flesh but by being born again in Christ. Its laws are not ordinances but principles that we can apply in our lives. Its priviledges for those who entered into the Kingdom is to be heirs and co heirs with Christ. The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Lay not for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moths and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal (Matt 6:19) KJV
Is our Lord against people accumulating wealth? Some examples in the Bible seems to be looking in this direction… Jesus asked the young ruler to go and sell everything that he owned and give them to the poor. He also commends the poor widow who, out of the little that she has, offered all to God as an offering.
What, then does He mean when He forbids us from laying up treasures on earth? He was against setting our hearts on laying up treasures and making them as idols to the end of life. What He condemns is not riches, but trust in riches.Not money but the love of money. Many people try to lay up for themselves treasures like fame, power and wealth as a means of security. Yet,securities often proved insecurities in the end.
“Ye have sown much and being in little, ye eat but ye have not enough. Ye drink but ye are not filled with drink, ye clothe you, but there is none warm and he earns wages to put it into a bag of holes (Haggai 1:6) KJV. And as it is with riches and other kind of earthly treasure -fame, pleasure, reputation and money. Yet these things are temporal. They do not go on forever… Our Lord Jesus has a better solution…” But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break through and steal” (Matt 6:20) KJV.
When a person die, he leaves behind all that he possesses. His fame, power and wealth behind. We brought nothing into the world, neither can we carry anything out as well.However,there are certain things that stays with us even when we die like faith, virtue,knowledge,love and joy. The love and concern we show to a person in need when we were alive, The word of encouragement we gave to a friend going through some tough times in life. The money we used to help a fellow church mate in financial need. We can take with us the Christian character in us when we die. Christian character is the “investing” and laying of our treasures in heaven and they are eternal.