~By Zenice Harasymchuk~
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Today we are focusing on defining “the Kingdom of God.” In its simplest and purest form it’s the rule and reign of Jesus, right? The word kingdom in the New Testament is used 154 times and 55 of those times are in the book of Matthew alone. Interestingly the phrases “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of heaven” are used interchangeably throughout the book of Matthew. Jesus told several parables about the kingdom of heaven. We are going to look at one of those today.
““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:45-46 NKJV
In this parable, we see again that when the one most valuable pearl is found, the merchant sold all he had and bought it. John Piper sums up the lesson from this parable beautifully as “Having the omnipotent, saving reign of Christ in our lives is so valuable that, if we lose everything, in order to have it, it is a joyful sacrifice.”
I can hear your question now, “Zenice, are you saying that I need to give up everything I have to get Jesus?” Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Jesus said it too, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 NKJV
Do we really understand the significance of seeking first the kingdom of God? Do we understand how valuable it is? Do we understand that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? I don’t believe our earthly minds can really grasp how valuable, how extravagant, how precious, how indescribable the kingdom of God is. The kingdom of God represents the rule and reign of Jesus. We really cannot fathom from our earthly perspective just how much He has done for us.