First Things First

Good morning! It’s been awhile since my last post but I’m grateful for the time to write down my thoughts today, which are:

Seeking God First

and

The Prime Directive

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I have been maneuvering through a variety of circumstances and issues for the past couple of months. It’s been a challenge to keep my eyes on God and not become caught up in the circumstances or the issues…which for me usually translates into self-focus. You know, my needs, my issues, my problems…me, me, me, me, me!

Don’t get me wrong. God does care about my needs. He cares about your needs. He doesn’t want to see His children sick, broke, oppressed, depressed, bound-up, fearful or stressed out. He wants to be our Provider, our Healer, our Deliverer and our source. He is our provider, healer, deliverer and source. We just need to be sure that we are keeping Him first place in our lives:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 English Standard Bible

What are some of the “things” He provides?

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?…So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:25, 31-33 New Living Translation

I always wondered what Jesus meant when He spoke those words. How do I seek His kingdom and righteousness first? What IS His Kingdom and righteousness?

The Amplified Bible helps expand the meaning of verse 33:

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” 

The Lord has a different way of doing things than how the world operates. His directions make no sense to a worldly focused mind.

How else do you explain praying blessings over someone who has hurt or betrayed us? (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27-28)

Giving to receive? (Luke 6:38)

Forgiving others to receive forgiveness for our self? (Matthew 6:14)

Receiving new life and being made right with God by accepting Jesus as our Savior & Lord? (Romans 6:23)

But to a word-focused mind, these directions are life and truth. Which is why we are instructed to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). Old thought patterns and habits won’t lead to life and peace in God’s kingdom.

So, back to the purpose of this post…

It’s a reminder to stay on track, stay the course and keep your focus on God. Go ahead and ask for what you need, but pray for others too.

Keep your eyes and ears open. Intercede in prayer for your family, your neighbors, friends and co-workers. Pray for your city, region, state and nation. Ask God to bless the leaders, pastors, teachers, churches and schools. Pray for our government. Be the bright light God intends you to be, so that others will come to know Jesus as well.

Which brings me to the Prime Directive:

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20

We can’t share what we don’t have. We can’t teach what we don’t know. And we can’t make disciples if we ourselves are not willing to learn. The difficult things we go through are not meant to destroy us if we are seeking God. They are meant to transform us and conform us to the likeness of Christ. This happens as we submit to God and do things His way, with the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us.

Have a fruitful and transformative day as you walk it out with God. He will provide all of your needs as you keep Him 1st place.

Blessings!

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