Put God First
Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I heard one of the most wonderful spiritual nuggets from a very surprising source. Lucy, a sweet and unassuming elderly lady told me that she had received Jesus at age 12. Then she told me that her parents were Christians who advised her and her siblings to always Put God First. No articulate preacher or theology professor could express it better. Lucy*s parents put her onto the first and most important thing we can know. She had an unmistakable peace and contentment about her in spite of her failing health. If we can just make putting God first a habit we can avoid a lot of problems.
Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Seek ye first means that God should be first in our time as well as in our priorities. If He is not first in the use of our time He is not first in our priorities. We often put it this way: *I*ll do this other thing first and THEN I*ll put God first.* An idol is anything we put ahead of God, time-wise or priority-wise. If the first thing we seek is something other than God and His will we have already gone off in the wrong direction.
Psalms 90:12: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated; whence it is that old Jacob numbers his life by days; and Moses desires to be taught this point of holy arithmetic . . . to number not his years, but his days. Those therefore, that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate.
If God is to be first in our time He must be first in our thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:5b: . . . bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
If our first thought isn*t about Him and His will the first link in the chain is absent. We will be like a freight-train without a locomotive, or a centipede without legs, going nowhere.