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    • Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matt 6:33). To
      seek first the kingdom means to live as a citizen of God's kingdom, to
      obey his laws and to always do the right thing, trusting in God to
      provide for our daily needs.


    • Although I would agree that what you wrote is required to be of God's kingdom, I would focus more on the transformation of the inner man.

      Most Christians when they first come to Jesus are like the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians. Paul told them in chapter 3 that they were still carnal. Their transformation was not yet complete. Learning to crucify self and self's desires in order to accept Christ's rule is a process which is not instantaneous. Seeking the kingdom refers to seeking to be less and less about self and more and more yielding to Christ.

      There is a hymn which I think does a pretty good job of encapsulating the effort involved in seeking the kingdom.

      The first verse talks about the attitude of someone who has not yet accepted the gospel.

      O, the bitter pain and sorrow
      That a time could ever be,
      When I proudly said to Jesus
      “All of self, and none of Thee,”
      All of self and none of Thee,
      All of self and none of Thee,
      When I proudly said to Jesus,
      “All of self, and none of Thee.”

      The second verse speaks about what a person's attitude is when they first obey the gospel but are still a babe in Christ.

      Yet He found me; I beheld Him
      Dying on the curs-ed tree,
      And my wistful heart said faintly,
      “Some of self, and some of Thee,”
      Some of self and some of Thee,
      Some of self and some of Thee,
      And my wistful heart said faintly,
      “Some of self, and some of Thee.”

      The third verse speaks about what a Christian's attitude is often like after several years of being a Christian.

      Day by day His tender mercy
      Healing, helping full and free,
      Brought me lower while I whispered
      “Less of self, and more of Thee,”
      Less of self and more of Thee,
      Less of self and more of Thee,
      Brought me lower while I whispered,
      “Less of self, and more of Thee.”

      The last verse speaks of the mind of one who has fully surrendered to Christ and is putting the kingdom first.

      Higher than the highest heavens,
      Deeper than the deepest sea,
      Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered
      “None of self, and all of Thee,”
      None of self and all of Thee,
      None of self and all of Thee,
      Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered,
      “None of self, and all of Thee.”

      Sadly, it is very easy for some people to drift backward into one of the early attitudes, yet taking up the cross daily means constantly fighting against that part of oneself that wants to reassert self's desires. Denying self is a daily effort and there are many who fail to do so.

      I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
      to present your bodies a living sacrifice,
      holy, acceptable to God, your reasonable service.
      And be not fashioned according to this world:
      but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
      that you may prove what is
      the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.