Seek First His Kingdom

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

When we start a new year, some of us make resolutions, such as “I’m going to lose the weight I gained over Christmas” or “I’m going to pay my credit card balances in full and not charge anything any more except emergencies.” What about priorities? Have we made a New Year’s resolution about them? Jesus told us to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. I’ve made my resolution to seek his kingdom and his righteousness first. Please join me in that. Please seek personal revival with me.

Some of us may think we don’t need personal revival. However, if we go through our planner or calendar from the past year, will we find evidence that we sought the Lord first? Did we start or end our days in prayer and Bible study? Where did we spend our money? Did our checkbook indicate that God came first?

Perhaps last year we fell short of seeking his kingdom and his righteousness first, but we are still alive. It’s not too late to get our priorities in order. This week we can sit and figure out how much time we will allow for prayer, Bible study, praise and worship, Christian fellowship, meals, sleep, work, exercise, family, and friends. My experience has been that when I put God first, he multiplies my time and my money.

In the second half of Matthew 6:33 Jesus promises, “And all these things will be given to you as well.” What things does he mean? If we look at the context of Matthew 6:33, we see that Jesus told us not to worry about what we will eat or drink and what we will wear. He reminds us that our heavenly Father knows that we need these things.

We can decide to worry less and seek the Lord more. Instead of an endless search for power, position, and prestige, we can focus on a closer relationship with our heavenly Father. Rather than a race for more material possessions and the latest technological gadgets, we can devote our time and energy to make Matthew 6:33 a reality in our lives.

Dear God, help me seek first your kingdom and your righteousness . In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Application: What will I do today to make the Lord my first priority?

Copyright 2010, Yvonne Ortega, , LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

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