But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
It was during my first year at Westminster Theological Seminary, while living on the second floor of a dormitory building on the campus of Beaver College (now called Arcadia University) that I had a knock at my door. I went to the door and an international fellow (who I guessed was studying at the American Language Academy) said to me in very broken English:
"What?" I said
"Five dollar?" he said again.
Totally confused as to what he meant I said, "No, I don't have five dollars. Are you looking for change for a five-dollar bill?"
"Five dollar?" he again said.
"I don't have five dollars!" I replied.
"Five dollar? You have five dollar…marijuana?"
"What? No, I don't have any marijuana!"
And with that I think the fellow figured out he must have been at the wrong door and so he left. "Five dollar…marijuana?" Boy did he have the wrong door!
Through the years, I have had told me, more than once by a former drug user, that if a person really wants to find drugs they can be found quickly and easily. One fellow told me that if he was suddenly dropped in on a city or town that he had never been to before, within minutes he would know where he could find a person who would sell him drugs. "They're everywhere," he said.
The same goes with alcohol. A recovering alcoholic friend of mine was always able to come up with a bottle of whiskey.
Recently I was with a fellow who attends Burning Hearts on occasion and who buys and sells (over eBay) original oil paintings. I had gone to the Roots Market flea market area to meet him and while waiting for him I looked around to see if there were any oil paintings. I didn't see a one. Later I ran into him and he showed me all the oil paintings he had found and purchased that same morning at the flea market. Mind you, I had been at the market before him! I hadn't seen a one and he found and bought 4 or 5.
The point is you can find what you are looking for. It may be a searching after some vice (drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc), something of value (oil paintings, a particular kind of car to buy, etc) or a searching after the things and ways of God. Jesus encouraged his listeners to be those who would "seek" the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God. And if you seek after that, Jesus promised, you will find it. Regardless of your background or prior beliefs, if you seek after God and His kingdom, you will find what you are looking for. And that's a search worth a whole lot more than five dollars.