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Automated practices can help our consistency in living a Christ centered life

Worry Free Living
Jesus’ Priorities – Part IV

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:31-34

Key Verse: Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

As we finish this discussion of living out the priorities of Jesus in our lives, let’s talk about the automated practices that can help our consistency. We studied in yesterday’s devotional that serving others above ourselves is critical to living out the priorities of Jesus. How do we do that on a consistent basis? It is always great if we can be spontaneous in this area, where each day we watch for people in need and do our best to serve them. However, if we are honest, it’s not easy to make that consistent in our lives; it becomes hit or miss. In my opinion, real consistency comes when we sign up for a ministry. When we find a ministry in the church that fits us and make a commitment to that ministry, it will help us to consistently serve God’s Kingdom. It might only be a monthly or weekly time of service, but both will help us in putting good habits in our lives that match God’s eternal Kingdom’s priorities. Unfortunately, our present society is very “commitment challenged.” Most people avoid making commitments—even Kingdom ones in the church. Be prayerful about your level of commitment; don’t let it get too low!

A second way to automate your priorities is to sign up for automatic giving. We can all figure out ways to spend every dime we make on ourselves or our family. We have to decide whether we want to make sure that we don’t live that kind of selfishness out in our finances. We all will give an account someday in these areas. I have automated my giving so that I never spend money that I meant to give to God. I encourage you to pray about this area and make a commitment to put God first in your money!

Father, I am determined to put you first in all areas of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.