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Bible Verse of the Day

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Putting First Things First

One of our most difficult problems is deciding the priorities of life and implementing them daily. Putting first things first is a serious commitment for us all. Jesus said, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). In this verse, we notice things to be sought and things to be added.

First is the command to see two things: The Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The Kingdom of God is usually thought of as a future event. The Bible does speak about Christ's return and His rule and reign here on earth. However, the Kingdom exists now as a present reality with Christ ruling and reigning over the hearts and lives of all who have received Him as Savior and Lord. We are to seek being part of God's Kingdom as well as enlisting others.

We are to seek God's righteousness. The original word used here for righteousness means the sum total of God's requirements. God is holy and righteous. "All our righteous acts," whatever we may possess and produce, Scripture records, "are like filthy rags." (Isaiah 64:6). If we are to become righteous, then we must seek to attain God's righteousness. (See Romans 3:23).

Following the command is a promise that "all these things shall be added unto you." In order to understand what these other things are, we must pay attention to the preceding paragraph, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?" (Matthew 6:25). In addition to these necessities, treasures on earth (luxuries) are spoken of. Much time and effort is expended by all of us seeking these two things. In these economic hard times, or indeed, anytime, we cannot afford to disregard this passage from the Word of God. Jesus has promised us that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, the Father will add (in His time and at His discretion) all of these things (necessities and luxuries) to us.

Let's be frank and honest with ourselves and each other. Are we doing this - seeking and pursuing the Kingdom first? Is this the top priority for us as professing Christians? What proof would you offer? If there is little evidence or none - why? This is clearly a command that Jesus has given for all of us. How productive are we? How could we be more productive? How effective are we in advancing God's Kingdom (Christ's rule over our lives and others)? How could we be more effective? Our productivity and effectiveness can be enhanced if we are part of a ministry team. You can have more impact serving with others than going it alone.

If we could just grasp this truth and allow it to reorder our lives!! The Lord will provide for those who put first things first.

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