We’ve seen billboards slogans: “Safety First”, “Health First“ , “Family First”, “America First”; what are these slogans are all about? Do these two simple words convey a deeper meaning? They absolutely do! They encourage people to make safety, or health, or family, or the country their first priority. Furthermore, what does ‘priority’ mean? According to the dictionary, ‘priority’ means “the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important over any other matters.” So in this regards, the slogans mean that safety, health, family or country are the elements that more important over any other things.
Now the question is, “WHAT IS YOUR PRIORITY IN LIFE?” Many people value money, power, career or status as their first priority. However, these values might not be the top priorities in their lives, there must be something else, and interestingly, people have different priorities because they have different needs to be met.
As Christians, we are reminded to put spiritual things as our top priority. To be more specific, look at what Jesus emphasized in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” In other words, Jesus said, “GOD FIRST, make God as your first priority on top of everything - not money nor power, not career nor anything else.” And He gave us assurance that all things we desire in life will be given to us right afterwards. As we live to please God by putting Him as our top priority, He promises to bless us and make us prosper in return.
Ellen White wrote in her book Counsels on Stewardship, p. 21: “’My brethren, there is eternal life for us to win. Let us fight the good fight of faith. Not in the future, but now, is our probation. While it lingers, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things,’—the things which now so often serve Satan’s purpose as snares to deceive and destroy,—‘shall be added unto you.’”
So let us go for it, make the right choice in life, “GOD FIRST . . !”
By Hiskia Missah