August 1, 2013

Seek First His Kingdom

Every day God allows us to make choices. That’s great news. When I ask myself why I am doing what I’m doing, it causes me to recalibrate and change.

Matthew 6:33. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Everything else sort of comes along when God is first in my life. My father once told me a little formula on how I could know if I’m putting God first. Let me give it to you. First, give God the first day of the week. Come to church on Saturday or Sunday. Give Him an hour and God expands the rest of your week. Some of you say, “Well, I get too busy sometimes and I can’t come to church.” You are too busy not to go to church. Once you do that, you are putting God first.” Secondly, give God the first part of your day. Take the first 15-20 minutes of your day and spend it with God. When you do that, He expands your energy for the day and keeps my heart and mind focused on what’s important. Sometimes I think, “I don’t have time right now. I’ve got an important, early meeting to go to.” But I stop, spend ten minutes and God helps me get so much more done. Thirdly, give God the first portion of your income. I give God that tithe to show that He is first place in my life and somehow, God takes care of the rest. Then fourthly, give God the first consideration in every decision and pray about it. Sometimes we make a decision and then we say, “God, bless that decision.” Have you ever bought a car without praying about it? It’s a terrible thing. You’ll get a lemon every time. God wants you to pray about every single decision in your life. Now, those are the only ways I know to measure if I’m putting God first and truly seeking His kingdom.