I love it when I find parallelisms in scripture. I also love it when I find that Jesus is making references to one thing but it has much deeper implications that affect something else.
Case in point; much of what is often taught in the scriptures has a benefit or ramifications in the natural and supernatural simultaneously.
We see that both Jesus and Paul the Apostle taught about the natural and supernatural law of sowing and reaping as well as other things that have dual influence.
As I was meditating on a couple of thoughts that I have preached on and often discussed with others, I thought to myself I have never really just sat down and did a side by side comparison in writing.
There are two areas of scriptures that I want to compare today and for this reason; to show that the benefits of God come not necessarily from our pursuit of the blessing or benefit but from the pursuit of Jesus. This is true both in the natural and spiritual.
Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Matthew 22:37-40 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
40 These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Romans 8:32Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
32 He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?
A seed contains both the life and the fruit that will be born from it. Only the seed can produce the fruit and give the life to the tree.
So, for all the fruit that we desire (which is Godly) we have to not simply desire the fruit but me must seek the seed, for the seed contains all the life and abundance within it.
God knows that we have needs, He also knows that we have desires. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts more than we ourselves desire them.
The problem often becomes that our focus is pointed towards the natural needs and desires of our bodies and minds as well as the spiritual blessings and gifts we desire from God.
If we pursue those things and desire those things more than we desire and pursue love and intimacy with God, they can become idols. Yes I said Idols. ANYTHING that usurps the position of love and relationship with God and robs those things of having preeminence in our lives can and do become idols. Even the benefits, blessings and gifts of God.
I believe that Jesus taught and gave the two commandments because this is the seed of relationship. Within the seed of relationship is contained the fruit of relationship; our needs, our desires, gifts, blessings for both the natural and spiritual.
Even our theology and doctrine is found in this seed of love and relationship.
God’s love for us conveys His heart to give us all things; spiritual gifts, power, authority, destiny, callings, abundance, wisdom, favor, finances, the list can go on and on.
All of these things being fruit contained in the seed.
So we see that our sufficiency is in God and in Him alone. Our identity is simply this – You are a son of God. Your purpose is simply this – to love God and to be loved by God. These two things are part of the seed of love and relationship with God. Everything that happens as a result of that or to experience that are the fruits born from the seed.
SO what am I saying? If we desire blessings and favor in the natural, then we will naturally see these things by default when we make our pursuit and relationship with God the first and foremost endeavor.
When we want to gain a greater spirit of wisdom and revelation about how God loves us, what our role in the kingdom is, what our calling is, we love Him with all that we are.
In doing so, those spiritual things we desire; the gifts of the Holy Spirit, ministry, purpose, they will all be given and are a benefit of our real identity and ultimate purpose – to love God.
We know that God will withhold nothing from us, but as we love Him and pursue Him, we discover the treasures of His heart and He cannot help but do what is in His nature to do for us; to bless us, empower us, give us gifts, enlighten us about His love and grace.
Do you seek the gifts of the spirit? Focus on loving God. Do you seek greater financial blessings? Focus on loving God. Do you want to understand your calling? Focus on loving God.
Nothing will be withheld, all will be given by default without our need to pursue or work for any of the blessings or gifts of God. They are all fruits contained within the seed – which itself is the ultimate reward – to love God and to be loved by Him.