The Pursuit of the Kingdom of God

Happy New Year everyone! What’s your New Year resolution? Mine is to take Matthew 6:33 to another level in my life, hopefully to the ultimate level.

The NRSV translates, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Most commonly, we hear “seek first” rather than “strive first.” So I studied the original Greek word “ ζητ?ω” to find out what it really means. After some research, I feel I would rather translate it as “pursuit.” Seek seems weak, strive sounds laborious, but pursuit appears exciting to me, just like “the pursuit of happiness.”

There are a lot to unpack on this verse. What is “the kingdom of God?” I found a lot of different, sometimes contradicting, interpretations. I myself have had some shallow understanding of what the kingdom of God is. And what is “his righteousness”? Not just righteousness, but “his” righteousness. How about “all these things will be given to you as well”? Based on the context, “all these things” means everything we need--food, clothing, finance, etc. This is a huge promise, which makes this pursuit even more worthwhile.

So my New Year resolution is a life style experiment. Let’s see if I can pursuit the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and see if I am given everything I need as I pursuit the kingdom of God.


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