Seek God First

“If this life has anything to gain at all
I’ll count it loss if I can’t hear you, feel you,
’cause I need you.
Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I’m not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you,
as I live to make my boast in you alone.”
Lecrae

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus advises us “to seek FIRST and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.”

We live in a world of wants more than needs. We seek God to provide and to answer prayers of our dreams and desires. But often times, we don’t realize that all we really need is to be Kingdom-minded and God will not only provide, but He will grant our heart’s desires (Psalm 37:4).

Think about everything you’re asking the Lord today. Which of your prayers and petitions directly relate to building His kingdom? God is our father and loves to bless His children (3 John 2), yet we tend to forget this and focus on our personal interests and live selfishly.

Yes, sometimes our prayers are pleas for help. But I want you to examine your heart and life today. Can any of the problems and struggles you face today be non-existent if you sought the Lord first?

Jesus was very clear when He gave us this specific instruction to seek God in all things first. The homes that seek righteousness first have immediate treasure (Proverbs 15:6). God wants to be first in our lives in all areas…above work, money, other relationships…the list can go on.

When you seek the Lord and His righteousness, you will be blessed beyond measure (Psalm 112:1-3). In fact, God is the answer to everything and we need not worry about things in this world if we seek what’s not of this world.

In my own life, I’ve wasted time worrying and praying for things that I thought would “solve” my challenge or struggle. But today I realize that I must daily strive to seek His kingdom above all else in my prayers, actions, thoughts and words, and all will work out.

We serve a good and loving God, and if He did not withhold His one and only son, Jesus, for our redemption, how much more will He do for you?

Finally sisters I leave you with this:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Amen!

 

-Rebecca Ravindran

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