“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [which you need] will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
The kingdom of God is where God is present and where His Love is manifest. The instruction might therefore be rephrased in more modern language to: ‘seek first the Presence of God and God’s Love…’
Where are we to seek? The kingdom of God, we are told, is in our midst (see Luke 17:21). This must be so, for God is “over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6).
The kingdom is a state of being where we let God reign in us and lead us. Since “God is Love” (1 John 4:16), to accept His rule means to accept His Love; to trust in It and to share It. We then become instruments of His Love.
(Excerpt from the book Reflections: Prayers and Inspirations.)
Peter Parr: Quaker, writer and former member of the British minigolf team. (Actually those are all just roles I play. Words can't describe who any of us really are.)