We have to start with God to succeed. God intended this for us since the beginning of creation. The intention remains unchanged — God first.
The concept is simple in theory. Seeking the Face of God expounds on it by sharing:
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The one thing with which we must always start is our relationship with God. The whole trouble in the world today is due to the fact that this has been forgotten. People always start with themselves, with the world, with life, with their problems. This is true of all who are not Christians, and that is why they never truly succeed. They have already started in a wrong way, and that must inevitably lead to failure.
Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn, and Christopher Catherwood. Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005. Print.
Jesus tells this truth in Matthew 6:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:25. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016. Print.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016. Print.
The concept is simple, but are we practicing it? Are we attempting to do so? If not, shouldn’t we be?
If God is not first in our life, our life is out of order. He should be our first in:
- Decision making
And, that is where the simple theory becomes difficult. Just like other aspects of our life though, practice makes perfect. We have to train ourselves to go to God first. It does not come naturally. In fact, it is against our sinful nature.
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A competitor trains regularly, putting forth sometimes extreme effort, even when desire is lacking so that when the day of the competition comes, they are ready to succeed.
In the same manner, we should train daily putting God first.
Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7b-8. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016. Print.
It requires us to spend time with him. We have to watch ourselves continuously, so when we begin to put other things first, we catch ourselves and realign. It requires us to seek out others who are striving to prioritize God in their life so they can help us and we can help them as we train together.
How is your training going?