Good intentions and reality are two different things. My daily routine is a good example of this paradox. My goal to seek God first daily doesn’t always work out as I plan. Most days God falls out of the top spot, sliding down to second, third or lower. How I spend or waste time will ultimately reveal where my heart and mind is.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows, Galatians 6:7.
The apostle Paul was never known to beat around the bush. Thus, his words serve as a wake up call, putting my own actions on trial. Despite what the world may believe, God can’t be fooled. Receiving blessings isn’t automatic. Rather, what comes around, goes around as individuals reap what they sow. Therefore, the lower I place God in my priorities, the less I can expect from the Lord in return.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, Matthew 6:33.
Despite my failure, Jesus did leave a blue print to help people get back on track. During the Sermon on the Mount, two things must happen before one can achieve God’s favor. First, serving others, with eternity in mind must come first. In addition, individuals should hunger and thirst for righteousness, eager to draw closer and closer to God. Only when these two principles are carried out, will individuals begin to experience daily bread, like manna from heaven entering your life. Until then, resolve to seek Jesus first.
by Jay Mankus