Are You Seeking God’s Kingdom?
Heaven Bound and Focusing on Eternity
by Joanne Troppello
I’ve been a Christian for 32 years. I got saved when I was a young teenager. Through my walk with the Lord, I’ve experienced many ups and downs. However, lately, my focus has been leaning more and more toward eternity. With the surreal, upside-down world we’re living in, how could it not be focusing more on eternity than ever before?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
I am thankful that I accepted God’s gift of salvation through the death of His Son, Jesus on the cross—and then His resurrection. As we’re celebrating Easter Sunday today, I am reminded even more about focusing on eternity.
I used the term Heaven bound several times on Twitter in recent months. I don’t know when I’ll pass away. That’s in God’s hands. Yet, I know that this earth is not my home. My real home is in Heaven. One day, I will be with the Lord, praising Him in Heaven.
That thought used to unsettle me a bit. Maybe because I got saved as a teenager and I had my whole life ahead of me. I wasn’t thinking too much about eternity. Now things are different. I am older, in the middle of my life timeline—hopefully, I still have many more years left here on earth with my family, friends, and serving the Lord.
However, with the way everything in this world that used to be perceived as good, is now perceived as bad, and what used to be perceived as bad is now perceived as good—and end times prophecies have come to pass—it’s not inconceivable that my mindset would be focused on eternity.
Seeking God’s Kingdom
I’ve read that passage of scripture from Matthew many times through the years. Yet, it has resonated with me so much lately. Verse 32 shows us that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things. Jesus encourages us in the next verse to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
God will provide for all our needs, not necessarily all our wants. There is a big difference between needs and wants. When we focus on imitating Christ and serving Him, while seeking to follow the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20 ) of reaching others with the Gospel of Christ, we can have peace knowing that God will provide for our needs.
That gives me peace knowing that He is in control each day. I don’t need to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own troubles (verse 34).
It’s a huge relief to know that God is always with me. He is guiding my path and showing me the way to go. The issue is when I veer off the path where He is guiding me to go—and when I take my eyes off His Kingdom.
I tweeted that tweet the other day. I truly believe we are all works in progress. Some are trusting the Lord for spiritual growth. Others are serving the devil because they have not chosen to live for the Lord. Maybe some have not yet heard the Gospel message.
However, we are all at different stages in life mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I don’t have grace for others in my own strength. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that I can love others as He loves me and show grace, mercy, and forgiveness when needed.
God is love. I want to emulate that love each day. Many times, I fail. Yet, God is good, and He provides the grace for me to try again to love others.
Are you focusing on God’s Kingdom and His work in this world today?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.