Seeking Christ’s righteousness

We utter the words of Matthew 6:33 quite easily — “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  But what does seeking the righteousness of Christ mean?  Is this an opportunity for chest-thumping legalists to rejoice in their accomplishments?  No.

“The righteousness we are to seek has nothing to do with keeping rules and rituals; it has to do with relationships.  It has to do with our relationship to God, which is kept intact with pure motives, not outward motions, and with right attitudes, not religious acts.  This righteousness is shown in the way we perform religious deeds—giving, praying, and fasting.  We don’t do them for applause; we do them for God and for His kingdom.  To seek His kingdom is to seek His work in the world.  To seek His righteousness is to live the kind of life that pleases Him, which leads to another truth about righteousness.  It has to do with our relationship to others.  A righteous life seeks the highest good for others.  Whether we deal with foes or friends, we seek the highest good because that is what God does.  In business affairs or family affairs we are to seek the best for others.  As we seek what is best for others, God gives us what is best for ourselves.” [Haddon Robinson, What Jesus Said About Successful Living.]

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