In the previous blog we said that the initial level of seeking God’s kingdom first, that is of making His Kingdom the primary pursuit of our lives is to bring His authority to bear upon every single area of our lives, to bring every area of our life under the authority of the king. It is surrendering authority to the King to raid and invade, infiltrate and permeate every nook and cranny of our lives. The first level is to seek to bring His authority over the choices I make (which practically define me) and the decisions and directions I take in life. It is to relinquish our authority over our lives and hand it over to Him following in the footsteps of Christ who declared “not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
This first level of seeking His kingdom and righteousness is a continuous and progressive process which is carried out through actively seeking to submit more and more of our lives to the authority of God’s word. It is taking time out to ensure we are adequately and relevantly exposed to God’s word on a regular basis, continuously familiarising and reminding ourselves of the King’s character and the values of His Kingdom. It is removing barriers and resistances we may have to the word of God and allowing these to crumble and fall. Furthermore, we are to search ourselves that we do not shield or exempt any area of our life from the authority of scripture but bring its authority to bear upon every area heavily and decisively. Herein lies the primary level of “seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness” in our lives which represents the foundation and base upon which the other two levels will securely stand.
It is worthwhile noting that this first and foundational level of seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness in our lives has really got nothing to do with preaching or spreading the kingdom to others but establishing the King’s authority in our very own lives. The next two levels will not be effective or yield fruit at all unless this level is adequately and firmly addressed in the first place and throughout our entire lives. The effectiveness of the next two levels most certainly depends on the strength of foundation laid on this, the first level.
This is crucial for only when we seriously and continuously address this level of submission to the King’s authority are we equipped to do the “even greater things than these” that our Lord promised in John 14:12.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
In fact, it can be confidently stated that we are capacitated to do truly great works in as much as we submit ourselves to and abide in the King’s authority.
It is our abiding in the King’s authority that gives us the authority to do these great works. These “greater works than these” represent an extension of the King’s working and authority in our lives.
Practically, it boils down to the question of how much of our lives, i.e. our thoughts, daily choices that we make, strategic decisions we take, the relationships that we form and engage in, how much are these directed and governed by God’s word, how much is submitted to the authority of Scripture?