Above All Else

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Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

We all have basic needs. Food. Water. Clothing. After that, there are things that may not be needs, but they are helpful for quality of life. A car to drive to work as opposed to walking. A washing machine and a dishwasher as opposed to washing everything by hand. 

Then there are the things that don’t actually improve our quality of life, but we enjoy them anyway. Television, movies, social media, and other such conveniences can be entertaining, but they won’t bring lasting joy to our lives. 

While the people in Jesus’ day may not have had the same conveniences we have today, they too had basic needs and other tools to improve their quality of life. 

But Jesus told them to forget about even their most basic needs. He said to pursue the Kingdom of God ABOVE ALL ELSE. To not be concerned for water or food or clothing or shelter or a waking stick. Instead, seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and God will give you everything you need. 

READING & PRAYERS:

     MATTHEW 6:25-34

QUESTION: What do you find yourself seeking above all else? In other words, what is it you really want? 

QUESTION: What would need to happen for you to seek the Kingdom of God above all else? 

Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I think about how I spend my time, energy, and money, it’s evident that I don’t always seek the Kingdom of God above all else. This week, help me put new skills and rhythms into practice so I may seek You and Your will first in everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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