Priorities First

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
—Matthew 6:33

Many times we don’t think about what our priorities are, but we still have them. Our priorities are whatever is first in our thoughts and in how we plan our time. Having real peace in our lives requires making God first above all other things that demand our attention.

If you put God first in your finances, first in your time, first in your conversation, first in your thoughts, first in your decisions, your life will be a success. I am living evidence of this truth. Before I learned to put God first, I was living in the worst messes that anybody could have. I had a bad attitude and couldn’t think two positive thoughts in a row. I had a bad attitude and I didn’t care who liked me or not. My childhood left me full of bitterness, resentment, and un-forgiveness.

Our lives will not be blessed if we keep God in a box or if we visit HIM on Sunday-mornings for forty-five minutes, at church service. If Christians were putting Jesus first in everything, then the world would be in a better condition. There are, of course, sincere, God-fearing, dedicated believers in every church and in society, but not nearly as many as there should be.

I’ve trained myself to start each day by giving God the first fruits of my time. I’ve realized that I’m not going to get through the day peacefully if I don’t spend time with God and put Him first. Everyone needs to develop this pattern. Putting God first and you’ll see how your life will be changed.