The world has a saying: “You’ve got to look after number one“, and you know what? They’re right! What the world has wrong though, is the identity of who it is that should be number one in our lives. Contrary to popular opinion, number one should not be us – number one in our lives should be God. Many Christians think that if they include God anywhere at all in their lives, He’ll be pleased with them. But that is not true at all, it is in fact just wishful (and selfish) thinking!
Put God first and you’ll get whatever you need.
“But if I don’t look out for myself, no-one else is going to…”, is the world’s self-centred attitude. But it not what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33. Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“. Jesus was saying, “Put God first, make His Word final authority in your life and you’ll get whatever you need, God will even give you the desires of your heart”.
We should not be seeking after these things.
“Oh come on Matthew, I know God said He would meet our needs, but that doesn’t mean our wants too!” OK, if you want to settle for God just meeting your needs, that’s fine. But Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart“. BREAKING NEWS: There is nothing wrong with riches, there is nothing wrong with big houses, nice cars, fancy holidays / vacations. We should NOT be seeking after these things, but we should be expecting them.
God’s desire is to bless you abundantly.
When Jesus was speaking in Matthew chapter 6, He talked of how the gentiles (which literally means those who are without God) seek after what they’re going to wear, what they’re going to eat, etc. But Jesus then said the words which I quoted before, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“. God’s desire is to bless you abundantly and when you put Him first, you give Him the opportunity to do so.
Peter was doing what was impossible in the natural, because his focus was on Jesus.
So, what does it mean to put God first? What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom of God? It’s quite simple really – it means being ready and willing to do whatever God tells you to do. When your focus is on God and not on the ‘things’, you will get the ‘things’. Its when your focus is on the ‘things’, that God knows your priorities are out of whack and that you are not yet ready for the ‘things’ that you desire. Remember when Peter walked on the water in Matthew chapter 14? Everything was going well, Peter was doing what was impossible in the natural, because his focus was on Jesus. But as soon as Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and onto the ‘things’ (which in this case were the wind and the waves) it all began to go wrong and Peter began to sink.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.
Whilst you’re waiting for specific instructions from God, there things you can be doing, that He’s already spoken about. How about Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein“? And what will the result be, if we give the Word of God this sort of priority? The answer is found in the second half of the verse, “for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success“. Or what about Psalm 63:1, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee“? Start putting God first by getting up earlier to spend time with Him. These are just some examples of instructions God has already given us through the Bible.
Don’t back off from obeying God.
Here’s one that might be a bit tough, “When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any” (Mark 11:25). You do not have to wait for some profound instruction from God, start obeying what He’s already said – including the things that seem a bit tough. Don’t back off from obeying God – that’s what it means to seek first the Kingdom of God. You do not need to look out for yourself, God has got your back. He is more than capable of protecting you, providing for you and ensuring that you have the best life that you possibly could have. Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified Bible says that God has planned good works for us to do, “that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]“. Did you get that? God wants you to live the good life! That’s more than just life with a cherry on top. It’s life with a generous helping of double cream AND a generous helping of thick and creamy Madagascan vanilla custard!
God will do a much better job of looking out for us than we could possibly do for ourselves.
When we prioritise the things of God, we are putting our trust in Him to take care of everything else, and He will not let us down. God will do a much better job of looking out for us, than we could possibly do for ourselves. Which may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t really seem very sure of this truth. They say (or think) things like, “well I know God said that, but….” – as though they know better than God!
So my message today is a simple one: start putting God first and He will begin to change your life in ways that you couldn’t even imagine.
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