Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”
I was saved in 1982. I was converted, changed INSTANANEOUSLY…… A short time later the Lord called me into the ministry. As I began to grow I began to wonder about my priorities. (Not that I was doing anything wrong, I just needed to know where to place the things in my life)
(I was a young pastor with a wife, raising 3 kids, pastoring a small country church full time, working with brother-in-law & sister-in-law with a youth program, working shift work at the paper mill in Ashdown, going thru the course of study to be ordained…..)
I had a proctor in DeQueen that was an ordained elder, she had been an evangelist for 17 years, she was like my “mentor”. It seemed like as I was growing as a pastor, as a Christian I was trying to “juggle” my priorities WHAT IS #1 in my life? Is God #1? How about the church? Where does the church fit in if God is #1? Would this be in the same category as God as well as the youth program too? Okay, God is #1, then the church, #2?
How about my family…..where do they fit in? What number are they? ……..#2, #3?
What about my job, it is important what number is it? WOW….this was driving me crazy!! I asked my proctor one day due to her EXPERIENCE…..I ask her HOW SHOULD I PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE OR PRIORITY….. He looked at me with a grin and said to ALWAYS put God in first place!!
COOL!!! I can do that!! No problem, PLACE GOD FIRST!! Okay, now and even more important question, What should be #2? The church? My family? My job? Geez……What is #2? #3?
She looked at me again & smiled & said “Always put God first”…….Always….. You see, when you ACTUALLY PLACE GOD IN FIRST PLACE, then #2, #3, #4 will all fall into place!! You don’t have to worry about anything beyond God being in first…….
The problem today? Placing God in first & leaving Him there, actually living as though God is first!!! Look at what God gave Moses in Exodus 20 “And God spake all these words, saying , 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments”
God MUST BE FIRST IN OUR LIVES!! He says here that He is a “Jealous” God!! He will not settle to be second, or third. He must be FIRST!! (There are people today that feel good about the fact that He is second or third or they are PROUD to have God in the top 10 of their lives!!!)