But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
1. A fixed design and resolution to that end. Like the term and end of a man's journey, towards which the traveller is continually tending, and hath it always habitually in his intention, though he doth not always think of it every step that he takes.
2. Care and diligence as to the means. That we make religion our business, and exercise ourselves in the duties of it, both in public and private. With the same seriousness and application of mind as men do in their callings and professions.
3. Zeal and earnestness in the pursuit of it. The greatness of the design, and the excellency of' what we seek after, will justify the highest degree of discreet zeal and fervour in the prosecution of
4. Patience and perseverance in our endeavours after the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Notwithstanding all the difficulties, discouragements, the opposition and persecution we may meet with, for righteousness' sake.
(John Tillotson, D. D.)
I. Constantly and sincerely make use of all means such as He hath prescribed whereby to obtain and practise true grace.
II. Consult and study the Word of God, wherein He hath revealed His will to you.
III. Make it daily your prayer to God, that He, for His Son's sake, will assist you with His grace and Holy Spirit in doing this.
(William Beveridge, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.