“It is arguable that materialism is the single biggest competitor with authentic Christianity for the hearts and souls of millions in our world today, including many in the visible church.
[Speaking of Matthew 6:33: ‘But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, all all these things will be given to you as well.’] Either one must entirely spiritualize this promise or relegate its fulfillment to the eschaton [the end of time], neither of which fits the immediate context of one who is worrying about current material needs; or…we must understand the plurals of verse 33 as addressed to the community of Jesus’ followers corporately…. As the community of the redeemed seeks first God’s righteous standards, by definition they will help the needy in their midst.
…Serious application of this principle to contemporary churches would require such radical transformation of most Christian fellowships that few seem willing even to begin. But Schmidt remarks, ‘To stand still because the end if so far away is to miss the point of discipleship as a journey.’ And against those who fear too radical an application of the text, he adds, ‘Most of us could travel a considerable distance on that road before anyone suspected us of extreme obedience'” (132).