Encouraging Word - Seeking the Kingdom

by Marlee D'Arco, J4 Board Member and Founder of Radical Entrepreneurship, LLC

When I first graduated from law school, I was concerned. The job market wasn’t booming in Miami, and a quality employment opportunity brought on serious competition.
Would I be able to find a job?
Would I find a job that actually paid the bills? (When your student loan payments are the size of a mortgage payment, you wonder.)
How will I make it all work?
I prayed, and I worried. Mostly, I worried.
Then, I decided to start my own business.
Could I actually successfully launch a business on my own?
How would I convince people to do business with a newbie?
Would I make enough money to survive?
Again, I prayed. But this time, things were different. This time, I didn’t just pray and worry. This time, I prayed and listened.
And I heard: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Seek the Kingdom…
I used to pray and seek God to meet my needs…
“God, please help me find a way to make ends meet.” “Father, give me your supernatural favor with clients so that I can prosper.” “Lord, make a way for this business situation to change.”
But He’s told us to seek the Kingdom and our needs will be met, so when I heard that from Him my prayers started to change.
“Thank you, God, that you are teaching me to become love, so that I can be the Kingdom to those around me.” “Thank you, God that you are growing me in patience, so that I can do your will on your watch.” “Thank you, God that you are showing me the needs of others, so that I can bless them in any way possible.”
My prayers changed, but my needs didn’t.
And, do you know what?
My every need was - and is - met. He meets my needs before I know what they are, and more than ever He’s equipped me to meet the needs of others.
But here’s the best part.
I rarely find myself concerned with my needs. I find myself concerned with my King. I find myself concerned with the Kingdom, and every time I seek more of the Kingdom, more of the Kingdom He gladly gives.
All of my needs are met according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
He desires to do the same for you.
See: Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:32; Philippians 4:19