Brother Lipscomb: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6: 33.) What are the things to be added? If earthly good, will it be added without effort on our part to gain the good?
Earthly goods and comforts are embraced in the promise. In order to appropriate this promise, men are to seek, first, the kingdom of God — seek his kingdom that we may enter into it; second, they are to seek the righteousness of God. God’s righteousness embraces all the conditions and provisions God has ordained to make men righteous. God has provided a man should live industriously, maintain good works for necessary purposes, live plainly and economically. “Let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” (Tit. 3: 14.) Christians are required to live industriously, follow good callings, be economical and saving in the use of what they possess, and give freely to those in need.
To seek the righteousness of God is to live as God directs. Living thus, a man will abound in earthly as well as in spiritual blessings. It is to reach and enjoy the temporal blessings through spiritual ones. It is God blessing man through directing him in the channels in which God’s blessings flow, that man may gather them as he goes. In the ordinary affairs of life, in non-miraculous ages, God’s blessings are bestowed through compliance with the laws of God. The blessings come through working in harmony with God’s law; so such services in their operations bestow the blessings on man. Man may bless himself by complying with God’s laws.