“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive, many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” - Luke 18:29-30
The importance of the kingdom of God cannot be overstated. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and life’s necessities will be added to us. We are not encouraged to seek things first and then the Kingdom of God.
This kingdom has a place above material things, such as houses and land. It has an emotional attraction, which, in our lives, should be above, deeper and closer, than our affections for our loved ones.
That may sound hard at first. Our family, as important as they are to us, should not be held so tightly that they have priority above the kingdom of God.
In being willing to leave all that is near and dear to us in this life for the sake of the kingdom of God will result in receiving much more, both in this life, and also in the age to come.
We tend to hold tightly to material things, but if we saw ourselves rather as stewards of material things, then we would not allow them to take a hold over us. A steward is someone entrusted to look after another’s possessions. That’s the way we should see ourselves in regard to the material blessings that we receive. They all belong to God.
The kingdom of God is too important to allow our securities, such as houses or family ties to push it out of focus into an inferior position. We do not lose by placing the kingdom of God first - we gain much, much more.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the joy and privilege of being in Your kingdom and serving You, in Jesus name.