Most people treat God as an occasional friend, or as a wandering pet that shows up from time to time,

“Most people treat God as an occasional friend, or as a wandering pet that shows up from time to time, or as an insurance policy that is left in the desk drawer until it is needed. Some look upon God as some sort of fairy who will pour great riches upon us if we will only do certain things to win His favor. In contrast, the Bible emphasizes that God wants a constant relationship based on mutual commitment to a covenant made between Himself and each human being. … ” Bob Waldron; Give Us A King pg 142, Job Study

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, … (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)  But seek ye first the kingdom <basileia> of God (KJV)

kingdom <basileia / Greek> properly, royalty, i.e. (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively):–kingdom, + reign.

Few today adhere to any form of the teaching found in Matthew 6:33. Too busy seeking everything else “but” the kingdom of God. As brother Waldron says, too many, God is merely; “an insurance policy that is left in the desk drawer until it is needed.” Concretely, in this verse, the kingdom referenced reaches beyond the church.  God is “Ruler,” “Royalty,” and “Reigns” eternal. God wants a constant relationship.  With that thought in mind, a good place to begin that constant relationship is in church attendance.  Say what you want, but truth is, your church attendance is a good measure of your commitment to His rule. “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching”. (Hebrews 10:25 NKJV)

Acts 20:7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, …

By example, we know followers of Christ “came together” on the first day of “every” week.  Where will you be Sunday? (p.s., COVID-19 is no excuse. Many faithful congregations are meeting safely within governmental mandates, including ZOOM and/or Facebook Live.)

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