- Do I do it my way, or
- Do I do it the Bible way?
In Matthew 6:33, we are given a specific instruction:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seeking first the kingdom means that in all aspects of our lives, we will go to God concerning it. That means when you wake up to start your day, you should first talk to God, that way you have guidance on how to handle the day. This means before you make any major purchase, you should talk to God before purchasing it, to see if this is the one you should have. This also means you should seek God before entering into a relationship with someone, because connecting to the wrong person could be life or death in all aspects of your life. Seeking first the kingdom of God doesn’t mean that you don’t have knowledge, or wisdom concerning the matter, it’s just you saying you trust God more than your own will.
The benefits of seeking the kingdom of God first go beyond our comprehension. However, with this particular scripture, all you have to do is go over to the next chapter. In Mark 7:7-8, the Bible says:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
When you pursue the kingdom first, you give God the opportunity to give you your requests, or guide you to where you need to be in order to receive your request. When you seek the kingdom first, you give God the opportunity open doors in your life you couldn’t open yourself. Doors of employment, that raise you’ve wanted, that car or home, are all examples of areas where God can open doors for you that you couldn’t open. But they are only made possible by putting the kingdom first.
When you do things your way, or don’t seek the kingdom first, it now becomes your responsibility to maintain. Seeking the kingdom first allows God to handle it, but seeking your own will first now makes it your job. That relationship you are now unequally yoked in, that now has you in lust, and not love, is an example of your will. That job you took because it paid more, but now takes you away from church, that’s another example of your will. That car or home you wanted just to make you feel like you fit it with the others, that now you can’t afford, that was your will too. See what actually happened is you made yourself your own god, which is a form of idolatry, and now you’re liable for your own life, or that decision you made. That’s a bad place to be in.
The will of God for our lives is to come to him first in every single thing we do, big or small. There are no exceptions to this! The will of God is easy, but when we do things our own ways, it now because a burden that you were never meant to carry. But if you find yourself in a situation like this, you can repent and give it to God to fix. This doesn’t mean you can stay in it, or keep it. This means your going to give it to God to do as he pleases.
~not my will, but your will be done