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FIRST THINGS FIRST
by Chris Courtney
05/02/03
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"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" - Matthew 6:33

We are all seeking something in our lives. Some are seeking peace. Some are seeking love and companionship. Some are seeking financial "security" and growth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these things. However, everything in our lives has a priority and we must be sure the order of our lives is not out of whack with the Word of God.

SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND...

Whatever you seek, if you are diligent enough, you will find. If you seek money hard enough, you'll find it. If you put your whole heart into finding a mate, you will find him or her. If you pursue comfort and entertainment, it's out there to be had with the greatest of ease.

However, if any of these personal pursuits come before our pursuit of the will of God in our lives, they can easily cause us to drift away from Jesus. We may float so slowly we don't even realize we're adrift. Then we hit a rock in our lives, and our boat begins to fill up with water. We look around and realize, uh-oh, we've drifted off course and away from the Lord.

KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. NO GOD,...

But if we will seek first the kingdom of God, all our needs will be met. God wants us to concentrate on and pursue Him. Focus on the realm of Jesus, on His pursuits and dreams, putting God's will for your life first and foremost, and He will see to it your every need is met and you future is secured.

Seeking God first in our lives is a key to grasping hold of the peace of Jesus in our hearts and lives. Peter entreats us to pursue, to flee toward, spiritual prosperity - eirene peace (1 Peter 3:11). That prosperity is found in the pursuit of the things of God, not the trappings of this world.

IT'S A TRUST ISSUE

We have to trust God, and take Him at His word. In our hearts, we must believe that if He said it, He meant it. If God said He would do something, He will. If God says He will provide for our every need if only we put our focus on His kingdom, then He will.

PURSUING - OR PURSUED?

When we put the wrong pursuits first, we often end up in trouble. When we find what we were seeking, without seeking God's ways first, we often discover what we pursued wasn't really all that great.

Family troubles, money troubles, health troubles... all can be the fruit of having our pursuits in the wrong order. There is nothing wrong with having money or nice things. there is nothing wrong with seeking out relationships. There is nothing wrong with having fun. But, it all has to be done within the framework of God. If we're not careful, we can find ourselves being pursued by our troubles instead of pursuing God. Ask any military expert or sports coach and they will probably tell you being on the offensive is always better than running defense.

When Jesus instructed us to pursue the ways of God first, He wasn't trying to take the fun out of our lives. He doesn't expect us to live dry, joyless, meaningless lives. Just the opposite. He came to give us life more abundantly!! (John 10:10). By pursuing anything - ANYTHING - before God, we are in effect making that pursuit our god, and opening the door wide for the thief to come in and run roughshod over our lives.

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE

Where do you stand today? Are your pursuits God-minded, or self-minded? If you're finding yourself being pursued by troubles, or realize you're misplacing your priorities, I have great news for you. It's not too late. As long as you draw breath, it's never too late!

You can reorganize your priorities, begin to seek first the kingdom of God, and ask Jesus to put things right. He'll restore, cleanse, forgive and fix your life. Trust in Him, believe on Jesus, and seek first the kingdom of God. He promises to add all the things you need in your life to you. The best I can get out of my financial advisor is, "I can't guarantee your investments won't lose value."

I'd rather invest in God. His return on investment is absolutely guaranteed. How's your ROI?


(c) 2003 by Chris & Jennie Courtney. All rights reserved.






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