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Appropriate Order

Author: Dave Beroth

We live in a technological society in which we are on the constant lookout for a new app to marginally improve our lives.

Most people think that improving their lives is all about getting their wants and needs met. This approach to life leads to high anxiety because the items on the list never fully get checked off.

You seek to improve your life, but God can transform your life.

A transformed life requires one thing. God must become first in your life. Transformation is about order. When God is first, life is put in order. Jesus said it this way:

‘So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or ‘What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’
– Matthew 6:31-33, New International Version

Does your life have this order? Do you find yourself on a path of disorder?

Consider a lesson from the animal kingdom.

Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting Blessman Ministries in South Africa, and one of the highlights was a safari. It’s fascinating how big cats, like lions, hunt big animals like wildebeest, and water buffalo just to mention two. Even though it’s very dangerous for the lions, they are compelled to hunt these big animals.

Why don’t they simply hunt smaller prey? They have many options. In fact, it might be easier to go after rodents; however, the energy spent chasing a small animal is greater than the calorie count of the animal for the lion. A lion could spend all day chasing and eating small rodents and literally starve himself to death.

In order to thrive, the lion needs to focus on one big meal. If he can focus on that one large prey – the rest will take care of itself.

Jesus is telling you, unless you make him the big focus in your life, you will burn yourself out chasing everything else. Whatever has first place in your life directs how you live. What if you took Jesus at His word and put Him first?

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