“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
The New Year always brings excitement of a blank slate. It’s a time to think of how you can better your life through changes that you have being putting off for a long time.
There is something about a new beginning that sparks enthusiasm and belief you can overcome any obstacle, even if you have failed before.
So, lose that weight. Stop that bad habit. Spend more time with family and don’t work on all your days off.
Invest more in your marriage. Be intentional about rest and whatever other personal growth items you want to conquer. Set your mind to it…and do it!
And when you fail, don’t wait till January 2023. Get back up and start over immediately.
These are all great goals to have and good things to prioritize in life. But, all of these MUST come after your main priority. There is something that must be FIRST and that is God and everything about His Kingdom.
When we put things in the RIGHT order, everything else will find its right place.
If God is second and weight loss is first, you will always stay frustrated when you fail.
If God is second and trying to quit a bad habit is first, you will always stay frustrated when you fail.
If God is second and your family and marriage is first, you will always stay frustrated when you fail.
If God is second, and your job/business/budget/savings is first, you will always stay frustrated when you fail.
BUT WHEN GOD IS FIRST, when everything else fails – you are not frustrated!
WHY? Because God is the source of your joy and the source of your life. Nothing else completes you but HIM!
Let’s look a few scriptures back from our text and see the context what it means to seek the Kingdom of God first and His righteousness.
“You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love the other, or else the other way around. So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things—food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body—and they are far more important than what to eat and wear.
Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Will all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:24-27 TLB
Guzik wrote in his commentary, “Worry accomplishes nothing; we can add nothing to our lives by worrying. There may be greater sins than worry, but there are none more self-defeating and useless.”
The passage continues…
“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they.
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith? “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to. “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time” Matthew 6:28-34 TLB
We must LIVE every day for that DAY and not take on the next day’s weight, baggage and worries. God has not intended for us to carry that in one day.
When we do that, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
What does seeking God first mean? How do you make Him a priority every day?
You start your day with Him before anything else.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
Starting with prayer and His word EVERY MORNING will give you clarity, direction and assurance for your day.
This mean being intentional about setting your alarm early. It takes planning ahead and resisting the snooze button.
Why start with God first? No matter what else you encounter during the day, you can combat it with what God has armed you with through what you’ve read and meditated on.
As you’re planning for the year and making resolutions, make a commitment to God. Put Him first and everything else will fall into place. EVERYTHING. Do that and your 2022 will be better than you can imagine.