October 4, 2009

Keep It Simple

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33

Many things can compete for 1st place in our lives - career, our dreams, our desires, family, relationships, recreation, church, our ministry or service for God,... In God's heart we are number 1, and He wants to be number 1 in our hearts and lives. His main call for our lives is not to do things for Him, or to be pastors or missionaries or something else, but to have fellowship with Him (see I Corinthians 1:9). He wants us to seek Him first and His kingdom, above all other things.

It can be difficult at times to do this, because there are so many things competing for our time and attention. Many Christians make the mistake of trying to do things for God, instead of working on their relationship with Him and then waiting for God to invite them to join Him in His work to build His kingdom. We must keep it simple in our lives. Commit to put Jesus and your relationship with Him first. Then seek to hear His voice (through prayer and reading His word) and follow & obey - wherever and however He leads you. God makes a wonderful promise in Matthew 6:33 - if you will put Him and His kingdom first in your life and keep Him there, He will take responsibility for taking care of everything else.

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