What you give most of your time and attention to, that is where your heart is, it automatically becomes the most important thing to you. Many times with your mouth you may say that God is first in your life, but your actions say otherwise. God gets what is the leftover from you. In most cases first place has become work, money, family, sleep, and leisure time.
Work– A person works so much that they won’t even take Sunday which is the day of the Lord to come seek God. They put it in their heads that God gave them the job and He wants them to work, but they forget that God comes before the job. By putting God first even above the job, God can open doors for less work and more pay, He can change your schedule and even if you lose that job because you are putting God first, God will give you something even better.
Money– Money became the number one priority. Money over God! People have convinced themselves that God wants them to make money to give their tithes in the church, they forget that God is the owner of all gold and silver and what He wants is your life, for you to put Him above money and as you do that He will automatically prosper you.
Family– Many have been putting family before God, they don’t come to church when their family comes to visit or because their family invited them to go out. Instead of bringing their family to church with them, they chose to put family first even on Sunday morning which is the day of the Lord.
Sleep– “I’m too tired!” sleepiness and tiredness became the excuse why God has not been first. They don’t read the Bible, they don’t wake up early to seek God because you went to sleep late and had a long day. “Too sleepy so I’ll just skip church Sunday morning because it’s too early and I’m tired”. God became optional and you only seek Him whenever you are in the mood.
Leisure time – You put yourself first, whatever you want to do and where ever you want to go. Going out, enjoying yourself, hanging out with friends, watching TV, everything that your flesh enjoys doing became priority. God is not first, He just gets whatever leftover time you have, if any. Taking time to stop everything and meditate on the Word of God is a “waste of time” to you, it’s time you can spend watching your favorite TV show, or on a phone call with friends. Going to church is only for when you have extra time, aren’t too tired, and in the mood to sit and hear the Pastor preach.
This is the reason for so many problems in your life. As long as you keep putting other things before God, He CAN NOT bless you. The Bible says God is a jealous God and He wants to be first in your life. When you seek first the kingdom of God all the other things will be added to you. To seek the Kingdom of God is not to jump up and down, scream and shout. To seek God you need to dig deep, you need to give God your time and be sincere with Him. Put Him first in everything in your life and you will find Him. When we talk about tithes in church people automatically think about 10% of money given to the church. To seek the kingdom of God is not giving money, it is to put God first. As they say…”First things first!”
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Matthew 6:33
May the God of the Bible bless all of you!
Bishop Bira Fonseca