First Means First
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33, NIV).
Seeking first means before sleep, before vacation, before downtime. Seeking first means before the husband, the kids and the in-laws. Seeking first means before e-mail, Facebook and YouTube.
Seeking first means before housework and laundry.
Seeking first means before that cup of morning coffee or midday snack.
Seeking first means before that work project or budget meeting. (Believe it or not, God wants our attention and focus even more than our boss wants them.)
Seeking first means before chocolate.
First means first. It doesn’t mean you have to get up and read the Bible before taking your shower; it’s just making sure Jesus is not last on your to-do list and He is a priority during your day.
“First” is a heart attitude. He’s the first on your mind during trouble. He’s the first you thank during a celebration. First has Jesus on the forefront of your mind and looking at life through His point of view.
First doesn’t mean not being who you are. It’s going to Jesus and asking Him who He has planned for you to be—in your life, in your day.
Jesus asks for first, not because He wants to suck up all your time and energy, but rather He knows everything you set your mind and heart to works better with Him at your side.
FAITH STEP: Go to your to-do list and write “Jesus” as the first thing on your list. Then take time—even if it’s five minutes—to spend with Him and ask Him what “first” means for the rest of your day.
Written by Tricia Goyer
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