“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
(Matthew 6:33 NLT)
I appreciate checklists. They keep me organized and on top of things. But when checklists spiral out of control, they can create unnecessary problems. When people make a checklist of things in life that they would like to check off – things that are beyond their control – they can become manipulative, upset and miserable. Manipulative because they begin to take matters in their own hands; upset because the list doesn’t get checked off as soon as they would like it to or the way they would like it to; and miserable because even when the list does get checked off, it still doesn’t bring the fulfillment they were looking for.
God, who is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33), also has a checklist in place. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” God is not opposed to us having a checklist. What He’s against is a self-centered checklist. When we put Him first, He’ll give us everything we need. Make Him a priority and not a last resort and everything else on the checklist will be checked off in His way and His time.
Make God a first priority not a last resort.