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Listen while you read: "Saviour Thy Dying Love"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)
When I was young and having trouble making decisions, my mother used to say, "Get your priorities straight." She was right. Having overall priorities to guide our life makes day-to-day decisions easier. For example, if our priority is to keep our job, we will be more likely to complete our tasks and refrain from criticizing our colleagues. If our priority is to have a happy family life, we will make time for our children and refrain from relationships that could put our marriage in danger.
In our Scripture reading for today, Jesus set out the first priority for Christians: to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. We are to reflect the Lord's kingdom of love and justice in our own lives and to extend it to others as we are able. We should try to make all of our other decisions in light of that priority.
This is hard to do, but God promises that obeying this priority will bring great reward. He promises that all things necessary for life will be added to those who follow that path.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the guidance that You provide in Your Word. Grant us the grace to seek Your kingdom and to make that the first priority in our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.