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Part 2A

Adding to the task of knowing God and His will, comes an understanding of “kingdom priority.”

Thoughts tend to focus on the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus emphasized “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”

Considering the use of the word translated righteousness (which can also be translated “just”), we find an Old Testament context of God’s justice for the poor, widows, and strangers.

What ideas might be raised for leaders who think about the use of this idea Jesus preached to His Jewish brethren?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied (Mt. 5:6).

Unless your justice surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:20).

Seek first His kingdom and His justice, and all these things will be added to you (Mt. 6:33).

Reading the context of Matthew chapter six, we find attention given to not worrying about what we eat, drink, or wear, but the kingdom accompanied by a focus on God’s justice.

How will this change our leadership in the church? More next week…


We began this post last week by examining the thought of kingdom priority. Considering the need to seek God’s justice, leadership in His kingdom must be a priority to all who assume such a position.

Kingdom priority, however, goes deeper as it relates to the church Jesus came to build, the kingdom to which Peter was given the keys.

How much priority do we give to or place upon the church? When we look to our left and right, and we think about our brothers and sisters in Christ, what priority do we give to that relationship?

When there is a need among our spiritual family, is there an urgent importance associated with the need?

With the frequent bombardment of “anti-Christian” / “anti-church” comments from the world, where do we rank our response to kingdom priority?

As we read about the need to be united, forgive and show preference to one another, and demonstrate compassion, how do others see the priority of God’s kingdom?

The way we treat others, both within and without, establishes the way our priorities are evaluated and the reach of our influence as leaders.

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