What Jesus meant when he said “Kingdom of God” isn’t the easiest thing in the world to understand.
What is clear is that whatever exactly this Kingdom is, he told us to make it our primary concern. Because he knows we can’t entirely abandon our primary concerns without being foolish, he doesn’t tell us to deny ourselves those things or ignore our need for them. Rather, to make it possible for us to focus on God’s Kingdom first, he tells God will provide for us the things we need if we prioritize God’s Kingdom.
Responding to these teachings will change how you might have other wise approached things.
Say for example it was December and the church you were pastor of needed three hundred and thirty thousand dollars to meet budget by years end. This money represented 25% of your annual budget. 1/4 of the money needed to come in during 1/12 of the time. Also say you had scheduled for the first two weeks of December guest speakers who represented situations and needs which were greater than your own. The point of inviting these speakers was to inspire people in your congregation to support the causes they represent.
Without Jesus teaching challenging your reflexes you’d maybe cancel the visitors. Or, you’d delay. Or, you’d make sure your congregation knew that these were fine causes to support generously but they ought to keep in mind our own budget needs as well.
Without taking Jesus teaching seriously you’d make your own sense of scarcity the context for the level of your possible generosity and that would be a clearly anti-Kingdom of God move.
But now also say, by God’s good grace to you over the years you are beginning to take Jesus teachings as descriptions of reality so you don’t do that. Your reflexes aren’t Kingdom of God reflexes just quite yet but at least you pause now before you react without thinking about Jesus promises. In this case, you thought carefully about Jesus promises and decided to bank on them, not making your own sense of scarcity a basis for your decisions.
Now say, because of your Dec 2 guest speaker your church board gave twenty thousand dollars to help a new church in Laval Quebec. And then imagine because of your Dec 9 guest speaker 175 Compassion Children ended up being sponsored. If all this happened you would no doubt be immensely proud of your church and more importantly, you’d also feel like God was pretty proud of your church.
And finally, say if on Dec 16, there was no guest speaker. Just you returning to the pulpit and preaching a normal sermon after you talk about the current financial situation for a bit.
What would you say?