Putting God First

Matthew 6:31-34

While watching a pre-game football show on Thanksgiving, I heard about a fantastic play for the New Orleans Saints. On the very first play of their very first game they returned the punt nearly the length of the football field to score their very first touchdown! That player had only one thing in mind when he was running downfield...that was to cross the goal line! That is exactly the way that God wants every Christian to live! With the goal line in view, giving our all to be successful for Him. If a person wants to make a success of anything, they must put that thing first. I read about Indiana's own Larry Bird. As a boy he would eat, drink, and sleep basketball. All champions are like that. Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic because he concentrated on one thing. Thomas Edison seldom slept at night, spending long hours in his laboratory perfecting hundreds of inventions. The list could go on and on, but the key to being a success at anything is to put that first in your life.

In our text this morning Jesus instructs those who believe on Him to focus on what is necessary to be a success as a Christian. Not material things, but "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness".

I. Many People Put Other Things First.

II. What Does It Mean to Seek First the Kingdom?

III. God's Reward to Those Who Seek First the Kingdom.

Conclusion: Before one can seek first the kingdom, they must be a part of it. The only way to become a part of God's kingdom is to be born again. To put your faith and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Saviour! Once you have done this, then you can begin to put God first in your life and reap the benefits of His promises to His own.

We are entering the time of year when things get really hectic and confused. Let's keep our focus clear! What is most important for us is to put God first in every area of our lives. We need to seek to conform our lives to His principles and, to serve Him through His church as a faithful ambassador to this lost and dying world.