What is success?

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It has been said that “If you aren’t receiving what you want in life you’re probably wanting the wrong things”.

Every man-made problem in this world  can be first helped and then eventually solved if we just take what is stated in Matthew 6:33 to heart.

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

So what does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God” anyway?

First of all what are “these things” Jesus is talking about?  If we read the prior passages we find that He is speaking about our desires of this world.  We may think that we need some material thing but our Father truly knows what we need and if we truly love Him, He will give it to you.  Which leads me to the one thing that has resonated most with me since the beginning of His presence in my life.

I have come to understand that God is no different from any loving father.  If you want to imagine how God feels about you then just think about how you feel about your child.  Now, back to the question at hand, what does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God?

Some people believe it to mean “We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world.” which in my opinion is too general so let me narrow it down.

Every day when you rise up out of your bed, simply and gratefully give your first fruits of the day to Father God.  This means to give thanks to Him for another day to be His light and ask Him to make plain to you His will for you so that you may do His will and not yours.  The acceptance of His will over yours is a key as we read in Romans 8:28,  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  And so we know that even though it may hurt at the time, it is for the best so it must be accepted.

Now in taking this approach you have put your focus in the right perspective and “His will be done” has become more than just something we say and pray, it is what we truly now accept and strive for.  Then, when you strive for His will over yours, peace is achieved because the gospel of John 5:14, which tells us; “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” becomes truth.

I am not saying you will achieve fame or fortune and I’m not saying you won’t.  I don’t know the will of God for you. But I can assure you this, you will have peace and joy. and isn’t that really all that you need?

It really works but here’s the first hurdle.  Throughout the course and trials of the day keep referring back to Him in this way.  Seek His will.   In doing this without hesitation you will be seeking first the kingdom of God.

The second challenge is to remain patient and diligent in Christ believing without doubt.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 10:22

God’s peace be with you……

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Author: Tom McGraw

I am a father, husband, son, and baseball coach but FIRST, I am God's servant. My continuous prayer is to do His will, not mine.

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