Devotional – January 4, 2021

by: Shamelia Simpson-McKenzie

First Things First


..and seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and its righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you. (St. Matthew 6:33)

I am always amazed at how much provision we have at our disposal. Often I give thought to the awesomeness of God in creating the agricultural system that sustains us.

Food is vital to our survival; can you imagine a whole day without eating? I feel weak just thinking about it. Our physical bodies are designed to be sustained by the nutrients that is in the food we eat. Otherwise we cannot stay alive; do you agree?

In addition to our physical bodies, there is another part of us that also needs to be nourished; it’s our spirit. Of this part of us, we are encouraged through the Word of God to make it a priority.

Through the Scripture, Jesus encourages us to prioritize how we live; He shows us how to put “First Things First”. In teaching His Disciples this principle. Jesus proclaimed:

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you”.

St. Matthew 6:33

We are truly blessed to have direction on how to direct our energies and make good decisions in order to have our needs met. Through the Scriptures, we have the promise of having all that we need when we put God first.

It is true that this may seem hard or even impossible when there are so many things demanding our attention. Yet, through the Holy Spirit we can be enabled to do what is right and good for us.

…how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

St. Luke 11:13

Having a desire to do what is good and right is important to taking the step in the direction to live by God’s design. When our hearts long to live this way, then our Heavenly Father send us help to make it possible.

The Kingdom of God is the spiritual place from where God rules and reigns. Within this realm, there is provision for all that we need and desire. But, how do we find this place? We ask; it is written:

“Ask and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

St. Matthew 7:7 KJV

A few years ago I was not very good at prioritizing what was important. I realized that I was not making much progress in my life; in most areas, especially the ones that were important.

In reading the Scripture at St. Matthew 6:33 that instructed to: “seek first God’s Kingdom”, I was surprised to learn that there was a specific way to make decisions about my life. I learned that seeking after God first would make the other areas of life work better. I discovered this truth after I had made many mis-steps, but it is never too late to turn around.

It does not matter where we are in our life journey, there is always an invitation from God to turn to Him, and when we do, He will receive us with open arms. Remember the Prodigal Son in St. Luke 15?

As we enter a new year, we are encouraged to examine our lives and assess how we prioritize our relationship with God. celebrate the efforts you have made, and your accomplishments. Where there is room for change and growth, challenge yourself to set goals that will improve your spiritual life.

If you desire to enjoy God’s blessings, you will be motivated to take the steps, and remember, the Holy Spirit is available to aid you. The rewards for living by God’s design are great; there are many persons who can testify of the blessings in being obedient to the will of God- Abraham, by trusting God became the “Father of Many Nations”.

As you make the effort to put God first, you will soon find that you will experience positive changes, though not without challenges. The reward is more valuable that the challenges pressing on even when it’s difficult will be worth it in the end. Together, let us strive to put First Things First – God at the helm and follow His leading.


Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for Your Word that lovingly instructs me how I am expected to live so that I can enjoy the provisions You have in store for me.

Please give me a tender heart that desires to live in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to You. Give me the strength and courage to do what is good and right even when it is hard.

Thank You for loving me is unconditionally, and for Your loving correction to lead me back on the right path if I ever get off. Teach me to make decisions that put You first, and the faith to believe that when I do, You will reward me with what I need.

I pray in Jesus’s Name. Amen

Theme: The Call of God
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