“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”-Matthew 6:33
In Matthew 6, Christ is highlighting our responsibility for using what God has blessed us with to help the needy. Christ tells us in this passage to not be more concerned with material things than spiritual things and that if we seek God’s kingdom, everything we need (material and spiritual) will be added to you.
Now, some have misinterpreted this passage to mean that God will give us everything we want if we are obedient to him, but this is not what the passage is saying. After all, if that were true, Jesus Christ wouldn’t have been crucified and 11 of his 12 disciples would not be killed for their faith. So then, what does this mean? There are a few important things to consider for a proper understanding of this passage:
1. God determines what we need.
2. What we need is contingent on God’s will. God will give us what we need (or withhold what we think we need) according to his plan for us.
3. All of us at some time or another think we need something that we really just want. We must walk by faith by knowing that God will always give his children what is necessary.
This does not mean that we will always have food, shelter, or health. We are mortal, and as it is written in Hebrews 9:27, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” there will come a time where we all will die. This is a part of God’s will. Fortunately, after death, since we will enter paradise, we will not need food, shelter, or health in this world because we will not be in it. Therefore, we should not take this to mean that our life in this world will always be pleasant.