“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”
Our motive in seeking God first goes to determine if we truly are seeking him. What you must understand is this: To seek the Kingdom first because you want all other things to be added, is to seek other things first. If you think about this deeply enough, you’d get the point immediately. The Kingdom is not first if it is a means to an end is it?
Also, one in two Christians today will quote Matt 6:33 as saying: “…and all other things shall be added…” By other things they mean cars, houses and all. The text however says: ‘all these things’, referring to things previously mentioned in context, namely, food and clothes (See verse 25). This clearly wasn’t a teaching on jaw dropping prosperity but on contentment.
Paul taught same: “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:8). Does this mean that God doesn’t meet other needs? Of course he does. But using a text that teaches basic contentment to fuel the desire for luxurious material things is a huge contradiction.
I doubt that many have paid as much thought to the previous verses as they have to verse 33. Verse 33 is simply taken out of context. I doubt that anyone will read the previous verses objectively and still misunderstand that fact.
Let’s start from Matthew 6:25: “Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Every child of God ought to know and believe this. “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things which he possesses” Luke 12:15. Now ask yourself. Does your desire for ‘all other things to be added’ align with this? Any interpretation of verse 33 that does not take this into cognizance falls flat.
For a lot of people, they are so desirous of a better life that they are willing to do anything to get it…including ‘seeking God first’. The desire for material blessings becomes their motivation for showing up at Church, giving, soul winning and all, instead of the love of God and of the saints.