Worry Free Living
Jesus’ Priorities – Part II
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.
After yesterday’s devotional about putting Jesus’ priorities first in our lives, the logical question comes: How? How do we know that we are putting Jesus and His Kingdom priorities first in our lives? All of us want to claim the promise that all our material needs will be met when we put Jesus first, so we had better find out if we are doing it right. The first thing to remember is that we are not alone in trying to figure this all out; we have been given the Holy Spirit. In John’s gospel, we are promised that when “He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide us into all truth.” Jesus made it clear that we would not be like orphans in this world, but He would send the Spirit of truth to live in us and walk with us, guiding us along the right path each day (John 14:15-19). So we just need to stay sensitive to our inner thoughts about the things we do, the things we purchase, and the things we feel are valuable. The Holy Spirit will put thoughts in us, helping us to feel a caution in these areas or a “green light” in the way we are thinking. It may be hard to explain, but God knows how to get these thoughts in us and clear to us. All we are responsible for is to trust and obey!
Another way to make sure we are keeping our priorities in line with Jesus’ is to read portions of the Bible every day. The Bible declares of itself to be the Word of God. God will never say anything to your inner spirit that is contrary to the Bible. Take fifteen minutes each day and open your Bible. Read a small passage out of the New Testament and a few verses from Psalms. That method is a good way to stay in tune with God’s priorities for our lives. A little Bible reading each day will fill our minds with eternal truths.
Father, as I spend time in your Word, may the Holy Spirit alert my mind to any areas I need to change. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.