Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Kingdom Business Principle #1

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Seeking God's Kingdom First Is Our Lighthouse

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

I love this promise. 

God tells us to seek first HIS Kingdom and His righteousness (his way of doing things) and everything else will be added to us.

Even though I love this promise, it’s one of those that’s easy to forget in daily life.  It’s easy to get distracted by everything it takes to run a business (or work a job).

In today’s world, there always seem to be million things clamouring for attention. 

I have to admit that this is one I have often fallen short on.   

What is His Kingdom and how do we seek it?   Well first of all, we know His kingdom is not of this earth.  It’s not a physical kingdom. 

Let’s look at the Lord’s Prayer to find out more about it (because Jesus told us to pray for His kingdom to come):

“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Matt 6:9-13, NKJV

Notice this is in the same chapter as the promise above.  The big clue is right there – “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” 

So we’re seeking God’s kingdom when we’re seeking for God’s will to be done on earth just like it is in heaven.

So we’re seeking God’s kingdom when we seek first God’s will in our life and those around us.  That makes it a whole lot easier to understand.

So how do we do this in our daily work life?

1. Taking time out to pray on meditate on God’s Word.

God told Joshua to meditate in the Word day and night.  And this would cause him to do everything written in it. 

We are told to pray without ceasing.  Are you putting God’s Kingdom (His will on earth) first by taking time out to pray for His will to be done to spend time in the Bible?  This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours every day, but it does mean you should take at least 10 to 15 minutes out…especially in the beginning or ending of your day. 

God wants to lead us in our daily life.  We may never hear Him in any audible or obvious way, but He can speak to us through our conscience…and through that still small voice where you just KNOW something is wrong – and not to go in a way you’re considering. 

It isn’t always easy to know God’s will, but it’s often easy to know when you’re going down the WRONG path…because you can feel that warning all through you. 

2. Seek to make your business decisions in line with God’s will.

This means things like keeping your word once you’ve given it even if it isn’t beneficial to you.  It means following the golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated.

It also means NOT making business deals with those who are unethical (Proverbs 1) no matter how much money could be made.

It also means giving God checkbook priveleges in your business…and giving to whatever charities He lays on your heart.   Your business and your job are there to supply the needs of you and your family.  But is also there to supply the needs of others he brings in your path.

3. Thankgiving for everything God has provided you with.

There is something about having an attitude of gratitude.  When you’re truly grateful for what you have, it keeps everything else in line. 

It’s impossible to have a beat down attitude or an arrogant attitude when you’re grateful to God for what He has provided in your life. 

When you share gratitude and thank your spouse – it also keeps your marriage moving in the right direction.  Try it.  Start being grateful to both God and those around you for all the good things they’ve brought into your life. 

As I said, it’s easy to forget this “seek first the Kingdom of God” principle.  So we need to concentrate on it…and actively pursue it daily.

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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