Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Things First

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Most people have a gem of wisdom that they regularly use, something they rely on. I happen to like “First Things First.” It’s a common phrase that emphasizes the need to set priorities, and then address them according to their importance. 

Putting first things first brings a sense of order and balance to life. That is especially true in the spiritual realm. Spiritual things are easily overlooked and often omitted. Let’s be honest, there is so much to living out our daily lives that it’s difficult, at times, to get our priorities straight. I have to balance work and home, parent and spouse, leisure and rest, and so many other things. 

That’s why the simple words of Jesus to “seek first...” are so important. Please note that the Lord didn’t say, “Ignore everything else.” He emphasized the principle of first things first. Here’s how that works for me:

A solid foundation in the Bible - daily reading, studying, meditating [with prayer] on the Word, then applying it to my life.

A contrite heart - daily repentance and acceptance of the benefits of Christ’s suffering and death on my behalf.

A recognition of the peace He offers - daily trusting in his unfailing promises.

When I put first things first — put the Lord first and seek what He offers as my top priority — I more readily put the rest of my life in order, enabling me to face the challenge of each day with calm hope. 

When it comes to first things first, as Paul said to “set our affection on things above” [Colossians 3:2], Christ tops the list!

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

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