Yesterday we touched on the fact that as humans we have a tendency to seek and put before God everything imaginable, and all of them last but for a little while. Jesus meant what He said when He said “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:33) He said it to His disciples over 2,000 years ago and that same bell is ringing louder throughout the world today.
As part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said there is no need for those who put Him first to fret or worry about the lack or need of the basic necessities of life like food, drink and clothing (Matt. 6:25-31). That begs the question, if we are lacking in need, are we putting Him first?
He continues, “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:32-33) Seek the kingdom of God! Seek the rule and reign of Christ on the throne of our hearts. This is the kingdom that Jesus is calling us to seek today. Seek to know Christ, seek to know His will for our lives and obey it. Seek Him so that our light may shine in the earth and others will see Jesus through us, and God will get the glory.
Anything that is not adding to our spiritual growth, but hindering it and affecting our relationship with God and His purpose for our lives, we need to let it go. Seeking the kingdom of God means seeking the “King of Kings”–Jesus Christ who is also Lord of Lord. It is not enough to just seek God, but to see Him “first”. First things means first. How do we seek Him? By faith.
God’s Word is true, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). He said it and He will do it! He went as far as even writing it down in His bible so that we can read it for ourselves. God’s promise to us today is that if we seek Him with our whole heart (Jer. 29:13), seek His rule and reign in our lives, He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The question becomes, “do you have enough faith to believe that”? Scripture declares that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). If we do not have the faith to believe God’s Word, then we don’t have the faith to put God first and trust Him to supply all our needs.
Life is uncertain, time is short, therefore, we need to attend to the matter of making God first “priority” in our lives an urgent matter. Everyday and every opportunity that we make a delay in putting God “first” in our life, the more the opportunity there is for Satan to cause us to harden our hearts in the struggle of putting God “first”.
Until we put God “first” in our lives, we will never be satisfied. We can shop and buy all we want, we can take one vacation after another, we can seek one career after another, we can do this and we can do that, but we will still be empty and find our self still needing more and more “stuff”.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” (Jer. 17:7) We will never know the full reward of obedience until we put God “first.” Where does God fit in your life? Is He first? If not, who or what is?
Source: Get Your Priorities In Order