“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
I don’t think two words came to my mind more in 2017 than “seek first.” I feel like it was something the Spirit was working overtime to instill in my soul. Sometimes whispering and sometimes shouting…
You are feeling overwhelmed…but seek first my kingdom.
You have all these ideas of things you want to run and do…but seek first my truth.
You are feeling tired…but seek first my righteousness.
You are in need…but seek first a supply of my word.
You are heartbroken…but seek first my comfort.
You have an important decision to make…but seek first my wisdom.
You don’t feel like you are enough or have enough time, energy, resources…but seek first my power.
…and ALL these things will be added to you.
One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis is, “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things.”
To me, it is a restatement of Matthew 6:33. Put God first and all these things will be added to you. Seek all these other things first and you will have no time for God…and on top of that, you won’t achieve those things…they will still be there. You lose both.
How often does God take second place to things we think we just HAVE to do first, and then we are left feeling like we have failed at everything. For me, quite often.
I have strongly felt the Spirit saying over and over…”but seek first…”. I haven’t been terribly successful at it, but this life is about progress, not perfection. My goal is to keep pressing on to put first things first; to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.
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