First things first

Philadelphia Flyers photo“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Mt. 6:33 (ESV)

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The Philadelphia Flyers may have set a Guinness world record. I write “may” because the category for this record doesn’t yet exist. The Flyers are requesting that Guinness create a category for the most people watching paint dry. Recently, the Flyers were able to gather 195 fans to their arena simply to watch the paint dry on fresh logos and lines.

Since most of us have more important things to do with our time than watch paint dry, it raises the issue of priority. In this verse, Jesus teaches that our first priority should be the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Before anything else, we are to seek the kingdom of God.

To do that, remember…we seek what we desire.

We will not seek the kingdom of God until we first desire the kingdom of God. We won’t seek the kingdom of God as our first priority until we desire it above everything else.

Often our issue is that we have not thought through what we really desire. We’ve been busy with life ever since medical school and haven’t taken the time to carefully evaluate our conflicting desires and thus our priorities. It’s been easy to adopt priorities as they come and begin seeking the wrong things in our busy world. We need to be reminded that Jesus tells us to first seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

As we evaluate the priorities of our lives, it’s important to recognize that our seeking may be conscious or unconscious. There are clues we can discover that help us understand what we are seeking. For instance, when you wake up in the morning, what do you think of first? When you have a free moment during the day, what do you think about? Chances are…those are your priorities.

If it happens to be something other than God’s kingdom, there’s good news. You can change your priorities. Begin reflecting more on what God has done for you. Spend more time thanking God for all your blessings. Think more about the amazing life you will spend with Him in eternity. Then your desire for Him will grow.

Prayer: Lord, help me develop a thankful heart to seek You first!

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