Seek First the Kingdom | Genesis 13

by | Mar 11, 2024 | Sunday Sermons | 0 comments

We find ourselves once again walking alongside the patriarch Abraham, venturing deeper into the rich narratives of Genesis, this time chapter 13. Our spiritual journey with Abraham has spanned several sermons, each a stepping stone into the heart of faith and obedience to God’s call. From the moment God beckoned Abraham to leave his father’s house for a land unknown, to the trials that tested the very fabric of his faith, we’ve walked with Abraham, learning, reflecting, and growing.

The essence of our latest sermon, “Seek First the Kingdom of God,” draws from the lives of both Abraham and his nephew Lot, two believers whose faith was recorded and righteousness acknowledged in the New Testament. Yet, their choices under the same sky paint a vivid contrast of what it truly means to seek God’s kingdom above all else.

Lot, faced with a decision, prioritized the economic benefits, the lush pastures for his flocks, overlooking the spiritual desolation that such a choice would entail. His pursuit of wealth, with God perhaps as an afterthought, reflects a temptation that is as relevant today as it was then. The narrative warns us of the subtle yet profound danger of letting worldly desires overshadow our spiritual calling.

Abraham, on the other hand, embodies the very essence of seeking God’s kingdom first. His life was a testament to faithfulness, marked by altars built and prayers lifted in every place God led him. His priority was God’s pleasure, His glory, and His will. Abraham’s decisions were rooted in a profound trust in God, even when the path ahead was uncertain.

This sermon is not merely a recounting of biblical history; it’s a mirror reflecting our own lives and choices. Like Lot, we are often tempted to make decisions based on comfort, wealth, and immediate gratification, neglecting the spiritual consequences. Yet, Abraham’s journey reminds us that true fulfillment and joy are found not in the pursuit of happiness but in the pursuit of God.

“Seek First the Kingdom of God” is not just a title; it’s a call to action, a reminder that our pursuit of happiness must always be subordinate to our pursuit of God and His glory. As we navigate the complexities of life, may we, like Abraham, build altars in our hearts, dedicating every decision, every step, to the glory of God. Let us be reminded that in seeking God first, all else will fall into its rightful place.