seek FIRST…

Posted July 16th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

What is the FIRST thing you seek?_________________.

FIRST:  primary, before anything else, number one, utmost importance

What do you want FIRST of all?_____________________.

Who do you want to please, FIRST?________________________.

When you hear “put FIRST things FIRST“, what does that mean to you?____________________.

I wonder…does God peel away that FIRST thing in our lives so He will move up the ladder? Does He intentionally interrupt attaining that FIRST thing so we will clearly see Him…

His will, His ways, His timing, His…{it’s all His anyway- even that FIRST thing you named}!

Last week was a really tough week. I moved my parents into an apartment in a retirement/assisted living community. It was physically and emotionally draining, but God asked me to decrease so I put my parents’ needs above my own.

GOD. Others. me.

I’ll be the FIRST to admit that being third is hard sometimes. I can get so easily entangled and stuck in pursuing a comfortable life over pursuing God. I’ll be the FIRST to admit that I am about as weird and imperfect as one gets, but God knows my heart and my heart really desires seeking him FIRST.

Yesterday I realized that I am smack in the middle of watching God peel away more stuff… friendships, activities and a mind set that thinks I can sneak up to FIRST place sometimes and that is ok. I am crazy uneasy right now for He is doing a good work in my life. Where does this lead…I have no idea, but I have made Him a promise. I will follow.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,

and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

Seek FIRST. When I start feeling uneasy like this, I usually start giving away stuff.  Time, money and stuff. But what if SEEKING GOD FIRST means living uneasy? Not living in spits and spurts, but a long life of uneasy? Years ago I went through a season where I learned to stop seeking to be FIRST and order my life according to God’s unfailing, effective and powerful Word. I learned that being third makes me FIRST in God’s eyes. I personally experienced how humility brings us full circle. He adds what we need and more. The test comes in round two…can we then give away the more we thought we so desperately needed and prayed for?

God stooped to put us FIRST. We are FIRST in God’s eyes. Is that enough? Maybe it’s time to stop chasing the American Dream {an illusion} and chase after God {who is real}.

GOD. Others. me.

None of us like to feel uneasy. Most everyone I know and associate with on a regular basis live very comfortably, yet find something to complain about. Company here not excluded. I know I discuss “editing” our lives on a regular basis, but what if we dig deeper and get more radical in our living.

He has my attention. He has so interrupted my life. Will he need to turn it upside down, again? We shall see…

What is your FIRST? really?

Some of you will read and delete without a second thought. But if God is stretching you to live uneasy or uncomfortable so he can show you true FIRST, be still and listen. Ask Him to tell you just where He wants you to take a radical step of faith…



One Response to “seek FIRST…”

  1. Jody Collins says:

    what is my ‘first’? Deciding to pray and think about Him before I logged onto the computer. :-) I need to keep my focus on the right things….
    I’ve missed you-now I know why. You were in my prayers.

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