Joyce Meyer Explains Why Christians Need to Make God Their First Priority

Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (NIV). The key to living the abundant life God has for us is learning to make Him our first priority.

So, why do many people seek the “things” first? Many people’s top priorities seem to be jobs, houses, cars or other material things. To seek means “to crave, pursue, to make sacrifices to get, to go after with all of your strength and all of your heart.” It is a mistake to crave and pursue possessions, believing they will give us the lasting peace, joy and contentment that only come from God’s presence in our lives.

Take a moment and ask yourself, “What am I seeking? What do I spend most of my time thinking or talking about? How do I invest the majority of my energy?” These are important questions you need to answer from your heart.

Deep and Wide

I got to a place in my life some years ago where I had a bunch of material things but I still wasn’t very happy. Have you ever been in this place? Maybe you’ve wondered what’s wrong with me, like I did. Well, when I asked God that question, His answer to me was, “Joyce, you’re shallow. It’s time to step out into the deep.”

That was a wake-up call. I was a shallow Christian. I wanted the “fruit” of God’s Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience – and all operating in my life but I wasn’t seeking that, so my “roots” weren’t very deep at all. I had it backwards…as many of us do at times. We want the money, the house, the platform or whatever our thing is. So we pursue that rather than the true treasure of God’s presence.

Just like a tree needs roots to go down deep and spread wide in the soil for it to grow strong, healthy branches that can withstand the elements, Christians need to develop deep spiritual roots in Christ. Our lives need to be deeply rooted and grounded in the Word of God and in His love – not our “stuff.” We soon find that out when the storms of life come, and our “things” don’t make us so happy anymore. That’s because those things can’t give us what we truly need. And it doesn’t matter how much stuff you have if you’re miserable.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s bad to want nice belongings or to desire a good life. But we need to examine our priorities when it comes to those things. We need to learn to seek God’s face and not His hand. If we will seek His face, His hand will always be open to us.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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