A scripture that we hear tossed about in service or said in passing. But do we really know and BELIEVE in the promises of this scripture. The test of your belief is in your actions. The test of your belief is in your decision. Let’s look at this scripture concordantly across three bible versions.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – New International Version (NIV)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – New Living Translation (NLT)
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. – The Message (MSG)
We all have good, plausible, ‘everyday human concerns’ as The Message version puts it. And rightly so! We need to eat, we need a good education for those of us in academia, we need a good career, we need great relationships, we need comfortable finances and the list goes on! All of these things are fantastic, but, ask yourself, does my pursuit of these things take over my pursuit of God?
When I started taking Matthew 6:33 seriously, my life completely transformed. Let me share this revelation.
When you put God FIRST, He empowers you to accomplish all the other good, positive, wonderful things that you thought needed to be bumped up to first place.
God has it all covered. He simply desires your ALL. 100% and not just 20% of you. God is interested in every area of your life, because your life is His life!
So this is where my message ‘Master of one, master of all’ comes in. Master this one thing, master seeking after God’s kingdom and in doing so, seeking after His righteousness. As you master this, you will master every other thing! Why? Because, when you release things to God, that is the moment you allow God to fully own it and because He owns it, He empowers it and supernaturally promotes it.
Letting go of your pursuit of these good ‘everyday human concerns’ doesn’t mean that they completely evaporate out of your life. Letting go and making a decision to seek God first means that you give room for God to empower those areas and make them great, without you having to worry or stress!!
So, as we enter this season of testing, in terms of revision and studying for those in education or work pressure, family reunions. I want you to remember to put God first, even when it seems illogical. As the Spirit leads you, if you are led to close that course textbook and spend 30 minutes just worshipping, DO IT! If the Spirit leads you to spend an extra 10 minutes praying but you feel like you could use that 10 minutes for some last minute revision, my dear, choose prayer. Prioritise God. Master of one, master of all!
Say this simple declaration/prayer out loud:
Lord, I lay down my hopes, my thoughts and desires, for Your hopes, thoughts and desires for my life. Teach me to master seeking You, Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, that I may become a master of all, riding on Your Peace in all things! Amen.
— Kanayo Dike-Oduah