Seeking Him First this Year

Nac Naz Devotional

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

You all know I have been on this word Seek, and I have been fascinated by what it means and really what God is calling us too. Not to look for God…but to SEEK Him. Seeking is simple. Simple is good. Especially after some of the gifts I have had to put together this year…we need to make that simpler.

How do you feel about simple?

The simple thing is this: To experience a great year, just do what Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things (the things you and I worry about) shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). If you will seek Him first, He promises to meet you. He promises to come close. He promises to be there.

How do you apply the word Seek?

  1. It means that you spend time with Him at the first of each day, praying and reading His Word, asking Him for direction, guidance, help and His plan… confessing your sins when you blow it, mess up and seeking His grace to help in your time of need.
  2. It means you put His plan above your plan. You pray, “Not my will, but your will God” (Luke 22:42). You live your life to please Jesus, not to please yourself… or to please others.
  3. It means you obey Him and do what He says in the power and love He gives. You don’t let your fleshly desires control you, you let His Holy Spirit lead you.
  4. It means you invest your time, talent and gifts in the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of self. Serve others.
  5. It means you recognize that He is everything, and in Christ “are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). The true treasures of life, love, joy, peace, fulfillment, true success are only found in Jesus… so you spend your time seeking Him.

I have to ask you, are you seeking Him? Don’t wait for the ball to drop in Times Square before seeking first the kingdom of God. Start now! Don’t put it off another second. Seek Him…because He sees you. Right where you are you.

One of my favorite Scriptures says, “For those who honor Me, I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30). If you want God to honor you, honor Him in all you do. The best is yet to come… and the ball is in your court. God will can do so much in this next year through you…will you allow Him.

Pastor Joe Ward
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples

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