Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all things will be added to you.

The focus of the New Testament is the kingdom of God and its accompanying righteousness. John the Baptist said, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). This also was the opening proclamation of Jesus’ ministry as recorded in Matthew 4:7. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, He teaches of the coming Holy Spirit, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, from his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’  But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-40). In John chapters 14-16, the focus of Jesus’ conversation with His disciples was about the Holy Spirit and His coming work.

Paul declares that, “the kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). He also emphasizes that “righteousness, peace, and joy,” is the product of the kingdom’s manifestation. Jesus tells us to “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Is the kingdom of God and His righteousness our first priority?  In John 7 He says, “If any thirst.” Seeking God for His will and purpose is an evidence of thirst. Thirst is a physical symptom that manifests when one begins to feel dehydrated. The nation of Israel was “spiritually dehydrated” when Jesus arrived. The Gentiles had no place to drink, being separated from God and His Covenants of promise.  Jesus brought to the earth “spiritual bread and spiritual drink.” He prophesied of the coming Holy Spirit in John 7:37, declaring that He would bring the river of “living water” which would flow out of the inner being of those who believe.

Do not look for the river to come from the outside, but understand that the Holy Spirit comes into the believer and will release a river from within. It will be a river of “righteousness, peace and joy” which will satisfy the thirsty soul. Drink deeply of the river today.