FOCUS: First Things
Matthew 6:24, 33: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money … 33 But seek first His (God’s) Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
C. S. Lewis said, “You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.” It is amazing how hard it is for us to believe this fact!
Maybe we can see this more clearly by putting it another way. If you, or I, fail to choose Heaven over earth, it really will not matter what else we choose. Anything put ahead of Heaven will not only rob us of Heaven but also of the thing we tried to have in its place.
If a man is dying of thirst and crawling through the desert, does it really matter by which route he misses the only well? There is one right way, but many wrong ones. In such a desert there is one place to find life, but many places to die.
When God instructs us about our allegiance to Him and all the things that compete for our devotion to Him, He intends us to understand the stakes are high. He is trying to help us—to save us.
There is no need in God—not as we understand and experience need—that drives Him to compete for our affection. He has created us so He alone is the proper food and drink for our souls. All else either leaves our souls malnourished or poisoned.
God’s Love is why He offers us His very Self: He has chosen us. And if we say “No!” to God, where will we go? If a man refuses to breathe air, what will he breathe? If he will not eat the only living bread or drink the only living water the universe contains, then he will hunger and thirst eternally.
This is why we need a time like Faith Promise once a year. It helps us take stock of our Kingdom investments. Are we investing in the things close to our Master’s heart? Are we getting first things first?
On the answer hangs the meaning of a lifetime.
… Pastor Gary