First Things @ First

"Lost and Found"--maybe you've seen the sign that points the way for a person to recover what once was in their possession. Most usually it is something prized or prioritized. You and I would not be searching were it not. Most find themselves at this place because of a lapse in judgment or inattention or maybe irresponsibility. Depending on its worth to us personally will determine how vigorously we seek to find it.

Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you." The purpose of God is woven into the kingdom of God. His plans become our priority because His Spirit indwells. The presence of God in the life of a believer enables that person to seek God first. Apart from the filling of the Spirit, other things will take His place and rearrange our priority.

The Apostle Paul paints a picture for us of what this level of love and devotion for Christ looks like on a daily basis. This is not just an hour or two on a given Sunday when schedules permit. This is every waking moment of every day; 24/7 because the Spirit of God, God's resident of righteousness is 'housed' in me.

"But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ... (note-others did not do this for me; this was my intentional decision--emph. mine), that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:7;10-11

Many believers who fill seats in churches every Sunday will not experience that level of power or depth of intimacy in the relationship the Apostle Paul described because most are not willing to surrender what is necessary to do so.

Seeking God first may not involve/include selling all your possessions and giving them away to others unless your 'stuff' has become so important that 'it' determines what you do OR don't do and when you do it OR don't do it. When you and I prize something more than the person of Christ, our priority has shifted. And inattention to that ONE detail soon leads to neglect that causes something once prized to be 'lost'. Question is, is it important enough to you to search for and find? Is He?

As Dr. Phil Thomas, pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church, Ft. Gaines, Ga brings out--"having possessions and wealth is not unbiblical--yet anything that keeps us from Christ is unbiblical. Ultimately, we decide for ourselves what is most important in our lives and seek to have it. Everything else will be considered dispensable." (end quote)

Have you lost something you'd like to recover? If so, there is a place you and I may go to find it. That place is the foot of the cross. The cross is the sign that reminds me that once I was lost and now am found. It's the sign that directs me to where I need to go and what I need to do in order to find my 'Prized Possession'.

As the presence of Christ is prioritized once again, you'll rejoice!

His power will return for you to seek first His kingdom.

Then, you'll see Him provide everything you need to accomplish His purpose in life, for life.

God's best in your journey with Jesus this week!

Pastor Keith

Hebrews 10:35-36