What Are You Seeking?

As children, we’re taught to work hard for what we want out of life. We take that message with us into adulthood, and learn to prioritize and put first the things we think are most important. There’s nothing wrong with prioritizing, but sometimes we can get our priorities mixed up. When we place worldly things before God, our lives are profoundly affected, and not in a good way.

We all want “stuff,” but there are different ways to acquire things. God knows exactly what we need, and He’s well able to provide everything. In order to remind Believers what to focus on, the Scriptures tell us to seek Him first. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

For some people, a new car, a bigger house, a raise at work, or a big bank account means more to them than anything else. For others, popularity, fame, or good looks may be more important. If we put these things first in our lives, we’re essentially making them our idols. From a worldly point of view, it may be fun for awhile, but God’s word is eternal. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me”(Exodus 20:2, 3, NKJV).

Seeking God’s will first and putting it at the top of our “to do” list requires trust in Him, but that’s exactly what He asks of us. Money is a big temptation for many, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of chasing after it at all costs because of the fear of poverty. But those who trust in money attract the very thing they fear most. “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22). God sees “get rich quick” attempts as evil!

Now don’t think I’m saying not to work. Holding down a job is honorable and good, but we can’t let our jobs be the idol in our lives that causes our downfall. Look at all the miserable, stressed out workaholics. You can still be productive at work and give generously while achieving a work-life balance if you trust in the Lord to guide and direct you in this area.

We shouldn’t stop at just trusting Him with our jobs—God wants us to turn over every other aspect of our lives to Him, including our finances, health, marriage, children, and relationships with others. He wants to bless us abundantly, but whether these blessings will materialize in our lives boils down to how much we trust Him. When we seek Him first over all else, everything else will follow. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Grace is God’s favor, and He wants to shower it down on us freely. When we trust Him enough to make His Word the final authority in our lives, we will see the manifestation of His promises and grace. Jesus has already done everything necessary for us to inherit the kingdom of heaven. We just need to focus on Him and blot out all distractions. “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God” (Hebrews 12:2, MSG).   

— Creflo Dollar