“But strive first for the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
So what is the “Kingdom of God” really all about? Maybe Pilate’s question has even more profound meaning than ever, “what is truth?” (John 18:37) The Kingdom of God is not about hate, violence, bigotry, or any other attitude that diminishes the life of another. The truth is, the Kingdom of God is about the incredible grace and mercy of God that offers joy, even in the midst of an uncertain world. If you want to know what the Kingdom of God is all about, check out Jesus Christ, the Word that became flesh and dwelled among us. (John 1:1) Jesus is the Kingdom of God in the flesh and offers an alternative to the worries of day to day living. The righteousness of God lives out the Kingdom “which has come near.” To strive for the righteousness of God is to be motivated by the witness of Jesus Christ who reached out to those that others had no desire even to give the time of day. To live in the righteousness of God is to do what is right, for the benefit of somebody else, to love your neighbor and above all else love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. The truth, as Pilate and all the others who may be asking, is that Jesus is the “Lord your God, the holy One, [and] you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:3-4) To live in the truth is affirming and living out what is right; to hear the cry of the needy, to care for those who are oppressed, struggling, hurting, and alone. Maybe to really know the truth is to live out the Gospel message of grace, hope, love, peace, and forgiveness; to strive for a closer relationship first with God then to one another. To do what is right is to witness a faith that does not succumb to worry but rather celebrates the miracle of God in everyday living. So, strive first for the Kingdom of God in all your living and you will be a profound blessing to someone else as you have been blessed. Thank you Jesus.