Who Is First?

In baseball, it’s your line-up.
 
Hospitals call it triage.
 
Financially speaking, your budget.
 
It’s all about priorities. Who or what will be first?
 
There are priorities for the follower of Christ as well. Jesus summed it up this way: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
 

“These things” are all those things that compete for our attention, our allegiance.

“These things” are not necessarily bad things, but become wrong things when we allow them to leapfrog in priority. We begin to seek them first rather than God. And when we place them before God they become our American idol.
 
But Jesus gave us the antidote to all of our idol-making tendencies, whether carved from stone or produced in factories. Seek first. Seek first His Kingdom. Seek first His righteousness. Give Him priority and all these other things will be given to you as well.
 
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you will seek the Lord first, trusting Him to provide your needs, you will worry less and worship more.
 
Over the years, I have found I can gauge my walk with the Lord by answering two or three basic questions. It’s not an official test, but it has certainly proven true for me personally.
 
(1) Am I reading God’s Word consistently?
(2) Am I spending quality time in prayer?

(3) Am I sharing my faith in Christ with others?

 

If these are my habits, I’m seeking first His Kingdom.
 
A kingdom is where someone rules. A kingdom is a defined area under the leadership of a ruler or ruling body. And Jesus wants to rule on the throne of your heart.
 
Most of us have this nasty tendency to want to be in charge. We are control freaks. Our kingdom come. Our will be done. And it can happen quickly when we’re not first seeking His kingdom and His righteousness. It takes only a moment to harden your heart to God.
 

Read the Scripture. Let the Word of God dwell richly in your heart.

Pray. Call on the name of the Lord.
 
Share your faith. Be part of God’s kingdom expansion.
 
And if it has been some time since you have done so, start right now. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. All the other things will be added to you as well.
 

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