What Are You Seeking First?

September 25, 2019
Remember this verse? Matthew 6:33. Seek ye first … not second, third, forth, or fifth … the Kingdom of God … not success, not satisfaction, not a salary … and then all these other things will be added unto you.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Whatever you want God to bless, you put Him first in. You want God to bless your time? You give Him the first part of every day. You want God to bless your week? You give Him the first day of every week. You want God to bless your money? You give Him the first part of your money, no matter how little it is.

The first part of your money – that was a big deal for me. The Bible clearly says to tithe, return the first 10% to God. I went through 4 years of grad school making $200 a week. But I still tithed. I came to this church with a young family, 2 little babies, and I made $300 a week. But I still tithed. Why? Because I couldn’t afford not to have God’s blessing in my life. I needed God’s blessing. Whatever you want God to bless, put Him first in and then He’ll bless that.
We often get this all mixed up. Here’s what we say. We normally say, “God, make me a really great success in business and then I’ll serve you with the success.” Wrong! It’s not, “Make me a success and then I’ll serve you.” It’s the exact opposite. “God, I’m feel like I’m failing; God, I’m spinning my wheels; God, nobody’s biting. But I give it to You as a platform, and then You can bless it as You see fit.”
So, what you say is, “Lord, You can use my business as Your platform to spread the Good News.” Somebody says, “What do you do for a living?” You say, “I’m a missionary … disguised as a realtor. (Well, maybe you don’t want to say that. It sounds weird. Just say it to yourself!) “I’m a missionary … disguised as an accountant. I’m a missionary … disguised as a truck driver or a nurse or a housecleaner or whatever. I’m first and foremost using my career as a platform for Jesus; and then I watch Him bless my career.”
Let’s pray.
Lord, I want to follow You. I’m committing my job, my career, my livelihood to You. It’s Your job. It’s Your platform. I give You complete access to my life, my job, my marriage, my friendships, my bank account. It’s Yours, Lord. I give it all to You. You get first consideration in all my decisions.
In Your Name I pray, Amen!

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