I am seeking His kingdom

The Splendor of the Kingdom

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4, NASB

We began this week with a trip to Disney World–and I’m going to go back there. (No, this is not a plug for the Magic Kingdom–I am not in anyway associated with Walt’s magical world). Hopefully you’ll indulge me the trip.

By way of explanation, I was thirty before I finally made it to Mickey’s amazing spread, and while I’m sure you’ll laugh at this story, because most do, that’s okay. I like laughing.

My first glimpse of Cinderella’s castle was magic–even in my third decade of life. Truly, I was in awe. (I know, I need to get out more. Someday maybe ill see the real castles in Europe. But for now. . . ) I’ll never forget the night my husband and I strolled up Main Street USA just in time to watch the evening fireworks launch over the castle spires. I actually (pause. Here’s where the laughter usually comes. Truly, I don’t mind.) cried. Like real tears. Cried.

Once you’re recovered I’ll explain. I’ll hum “I stand In Awe” while you shake off the last of your chuckles.

I stood at the base of that pretend palace with leaking eyes thinking of the throne room of God. I watched as the best that human imagination and wealth and splendor could set before me–and it was impressive–and thought “God, if we can do this, what will your throne room be like?”

It thrilled me to tears.

I am seeking His kingdom

The Task of Seeking

Truly I say to you whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18

His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven . . .

What does it mean to be seeking His kingdom? How do I seek that which I cannot see? Pursue that which I cannot understand?

I watch. I listen. Jesus taught many things. He taught about love, about forgiveness, and relationship. But he spent a lot of time teaching about His kingdom. And He left instructions . . . keys of sorts to what His will is.

Not a screen play for my life–(insert here a booming Charlton Heston voice) “and in 1999 Jennifer Jerome will marry Anthony Rodewald . . .” Maybe those details are written in His book–probably–but He didn’t leave that one open for me.

What he did leave, however, is beneficial for life and godliness. He left the example of His earthly life recorded in the gospels. He left some specific instructions–“believe in the Son and be saved,” “love The Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength,” and “seek first the kingdom of God.”

What about the common living? Those details of our lives that make up our days? How do we seek His kingdom in the ordinary business of life?

Here are some rapid-fire nuggets gleaned from Matthew 18-19:

Love the young believers, guide them in truth and do not hinder their walk with Jesus.

Seek the lost as though they were a precious treasure, because they are.

Reconcile to one another, apologize when you’ve caused an offense, and forgive when you have been offended.

Remain true to your vows, and hold others’ vows as sacred as well. Honor your commitments, even when it is not easy.

Love the children and show them Jesus.

Put your stuff in its proper place. It won’t make it to the kingdom, so treasure the things that will.

A weighty list. One, I think, that will give me plenty to seek after on a day to day basis. But most importantly, one that will keep my focus ever on the task He left: to seek His kingdom first.