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Seek first the Kingdom.
The rest will come.
The rest will come in time;
It comes no sooner if you pine,
so worry not
but faithfully do
what He has commanded you to.

It will come no faster
by your worrying;
don't watch the kettle:
it never will boil.
Don't break your head,
don't break your heart -
seek first the Kingdom.
The rest will come.

Don't stand there staring
up into the sky;
don't sit there longing
for dreams to come true.
Don't look at what's missing
but work with what's there -
seek first the Kingdom.
The rest will come.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

A few "background" things flowed into this poem. :D

:bulletgreen: Some days ago I realised anew what "seek first the kingdom" means. I have been getting hurt a lot recently because I put too much hope and too much thought into a particular thing happening. I realised I would get hurt a lot less if I focused on doing the work of God instead of thinking permanently about that thing and getting my heart broken over it. God will give it to me in time, if He wills it - and till then doing His work is a better way to spend my time than getting upset and worried.

:bulletpurple: The line "Don't stand there staring / up into the sky" waltzed in half-way... it actually comes from something my father said in a sermon on Acts 1. After Jesus ascended, the disciples were staring up into the sky - the angels had to come and prod them into action. While writing I had to think a bit about something Jesus said in connection to His return: that we need to be ready and in service, so that when He returns, He finds us active and doing what He commanded us to. Read it in Luke 12:35-48 [link] I find a much more important thing than figuring out when the "end time" is and interpreting signs is to actually do what Jesus commanded us to, because for all we know, He could come in half an hour!

:bulletgreen: The third thing probably slipped in because I'm preaching about it tomorrow: "Don't look at what's missing / but work with what's there." I'll be speaking on the Feeding of the 5000 and the one of the points is basically just that: working with what's there, even if it's too little, like Jesus did with the 5 bread and 2 fish, and trusting God to provide the rest (which He did in that instance), and not let our means limit our service. Which fits nicely with Matthew 6:25-34 [link] - not worrying.


Be blessed~ :blowkiss:
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Matthew 6:19-21..."Do not stores up treasures on earth, but rather store up treasures in Heaven. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also."
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deng-li-xin32 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
:nod:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
very nice. just curious, what does the kingdom of God mean to you (i.e. what is it)?
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deng-li-xin32 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks~
That is a really good question!
Personally I see the "kingdom of God" as the "new heaven and new earth" that God is preparing for us, God's reign basically, when He will rule over everything justly, and all the wicked things of the world have an end. The phrase "seek the kingdom of God" for me means working towards that kingdom now by serving Him, doing God's will, preaching the Gospel, being involved as a follower / disciple of Jesus. I believe the kingdom can begin now already where we live according to His will - in a small way within the church / community of believers, like a "model" sort of (like the Tent of Meeting in the desert before the temple) before the "real thing" comes when He returns. :)
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
cool, yes the kingdom of disciples mentioned at Colossians 1:13 is indeed a foretaste of the kingdom to come. Please keep in mind that the new heavans and new earth that are mentioned in 2 Peter ch 3 and Isaiah ch 65 are likely symbolic, since both Jesus and Peter compared the coming cataclysm to the flood of Noah's day. when the waters receded, the same planet earth was intact. so too, Peter says that what will actually be destroyed at Armageddon will be "ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:7; Revelation ch 19). afterward, a new heavens (ruling element; i.e. God's kingdom), and a new earthly society; (i.e. those who survive Armageddon along with those who are later resurrected) will be in place. see also Revelation 7:13-17; Genesis 11:1; Acts 24:15. so indeed, the kingdom of God is a REAL government, and His chosen King is none other than His faithful Son, Jesus (Isaiah 9:6,7; Daniel 7:13,14; Luke 1:30-33). have a nice day!
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