“…first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.” (Matthew 6: 33, Amplified Bible)
First things first. We are being promised a good human life with our daily needs abundantly met. But we can’t get ahead of ourselves. The way to experience true heaven on earth is to first find it within and express it in our lives. From the heart.
Jesus was reminding his followers then and today that if we want to get into the “kingdom of heaven,” we have to begin to think and act like one who already dwells there. We must obey God’s law by raising the bar for ourselves up to His standards. We must seek after goodness. We must truly yearn not only to be good humans, but to really understand the Truth of God and His Love; to want to be good, to trust, to listen, and to love, because we see our own best treasure in His nature.
When the Truth is felt in our hearts and souls, then we already know what heaven is like. We are in the middle of it and it is in us, as Jesus also told us. And this Love and gratitude within leads us forward to do good in the world, and to witness the truly rich rewards of this righteousness in all ways, right here and right now.
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