But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
The kingdom of God = where God is king.
Seeking His kingdom means understanding what God values (we know He values us!) and living according to these values. Essentially, we are called to think like God, something we will call Kingdom Thought.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my [Paul’s] joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:1-3)
These are the things God values—things that come from love and from the Spirit (also, see the Fruit of the Spirit—those things the Spirit produces when we abide in Him). Things like power, comfort, success, our own glory—these things the world values, and are contrary to God’s kingdom.
We learn what God values through His Word and by seeking Him in our situation. A few questions to consider:
- What is God like?
- How does God view me?
- What are the eternal impacts of my actions?
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God….But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:12,16)