But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV) Matthew 6:33
In the last week of 2017 as I prepared for the new year, I decided to return to a familiar verse to re-focus for the year ahead. This is a verse that I memorised earlier in the year but dusted it off again for the end of year.
One of my tendencies is to get sucked into the details at the expense of the big picture so I ensure I have regular check-ins to verify that my activities and goals reflect my true priorities and I have not got sidetracked.
In this verse, Jesus tells us that when we focus on God and put those things that are important to Him first in our lives and pursue them, He will handle our needs such as food, shelter and clothing; they will be given to us. When we make His priorities ours, He ensures that our necessities (and not necessarily our wants) are met.
Stephen Covey in his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People lists Habit 3 as follows: Put first things first. We make a list of our priorities and schedule these first before adding other activities and events. This way, what’s most important to us is in our daily schedule with a date and time.
So what does it mean for me personally to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness? I prioritise my relationship with God and dedicate time accordingly. I schedule activities that draw me closer to God first like church and fellowship, daily devotions and Bible study with a set date and time. Once those activities are in first, then I fit what’s left. Organising and scheduling my time this way has allowed me to practically live out this verse and see God come through for my “all these things” as He provided me with what I needed.
This does not mean that my schedule works perfectly everyday by any stretch of the imagination! Life happens, so I’m constantly tweaking and readjusting. However, I find that when I write down my activities and plans in my diary with a corresponding date and time, there’s a much higher probability of them being completed.
My aim remains to put God first everyday.
What does seeking first his kingdom and righteousness look like for you?
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