First, all that I have to say can be summarized with the quote: “To seek The Kingdom first BECAUSE you want all other things to be added, is to seek other things first”. If you think about this deeply enough, you’d get the point immediately. The Kingdom is not first if it is a means to an end is it?

For the sake of clarification however, I have decided to go into deeper details.

Again the text says:

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The following are observations I have made, highlighting two common mistakes with the popular interpretation of this text;

1. QUOTE IT RIGHT: One of two Christians today will quote Matt 6:33 as saying: “…and all other things shall be added…”. By other things they mean Cars, houses and all. The text however says: “…all these things…”, referring to things previously mentioned in context, namely, food and clothes (See verse 25). This clearly wasn’t a teaching on jaw dropping prosperity but on contentment. Paul taught same: “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” 1 Timothy 6:8. Food and raiment are specific in both texts. Does this mean that God doesn’t meet other needs? No it doesn’t. But using a text that teaches basic contentment to fuel the desire luxurious material things is but a huge contradiction.

2. READ IN CONTEXT; I doubt that many have paid as much thought to the previous verses as they have to verse 33. Verse 33 is simply taken out of context. I doubt that anyone will read the previous verses objectively and still end up with their current interpretation of verse 33. Let’s go through a few

a) Life is more than meat and raiment; Mat 6:25 “…Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Let that sink. Brothers and sisters, life is more than food and clothes! Every child of God ought to know and believe this. “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things which he possesses” Luke 12:15. Now ask yourself. Does your desire for all other things to be added align with this? Any interpretation of verse 33 that does not take this into cognizance falls flat.

For a lot of people, they are so desirous of a better life that they are willing to do anything to get it…including seeking God ‘first’. Material blessings becomes their motivation for showing up at Church, giving, soul winning and all, instead of the love of God and of the saints.

Verse 25 gives us the proper lens with which verse 33 should be understood

b) Worry doesn’t help any way; If you listen to a few people who are eager to have God ‘change their story’, you agree that their display of faith is but anxiety and competition masked with religion.

An example is a lady who was so angry with God for failing her. She asked me to ask God what she did wrong. She sobbed as she spoke to me. Why would she apply for two jobs and not get any? God had failed her. When I probed further, I discovered to my shock that she was still running her National Youth Service Corpse (NYSC) program. She was barely half way through. Whereas she was shouting like someone who had been job hunting for a decade. She simply needed to calm down!

What many people call a step of faith is simply worry. Worry doesn’t help any way. Mat 6:27 “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”. Anxiety won’t increase your chances at a better tomorrow.

Don’t use Matt 6:33 as a back up for your anxiety.

c) Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

There is an inordinate desire for things and it should be foreign to the believer. “Such things do Gentiles seek”. They should be the ones marked by certain types of desires. They don’t have God to rely on. They must chart their own course, hence the anxiety. But the believer knows that His Heavenly Father already knows he has needs of those things. Live your life trusting Him.

Matthew 6:33 is about trust and contentment. The reason I do not need to be preoccupied with the things I don’t have is because my father meets my needs. I therefore seek first the Kingdom, not to have my needs met, but KNOWING that my needs are met.

Seek God first for God’s sake, not for things sake