‘…I require your…firstfruits…’ Ezekiel 20:40 AMP
God wants to be number one in your life! When He’s not, things won’t work out right for you. Instead of asking God to bless your agenda, ask Him to give you an agenda He can bless. Jesus was able to say yes to one thing and no to another because He understood God’s agenda for His day. Was there ever a single stressed-out or confused moment in Christ’s life? No, when conflict arose He said, ‘…I always do what pleases Him.’ (John 8:29 NIV) That’s because He took time to consult His Father.
How long are you going to allow yourself to be pulled in 101 different directions? Nothing will change until you decide to give God what He requires—your ‘firstfruits’. Don’t give Him the part of your day when you’re worn out, can’t think straight and can hardly keep your eyes open; give Him the best part of your day. That’s where your true priorities will be discovered. From getting dressed to setting your schedule, ask Him to help you make choices that glorify Him. As you become more and more aware of His presence, it’ll be impossible to ‘compartmentalise’ Him. Ordinary events will become sacred events because He’s involved in them. Ask Him to direct you in the choices you make and to empower you for the jobs you need to get done. Keep Him first in everything you set out to do, and He will show you the path that leads to peace. Following the moment-by-moment leadership of the Holy Spirit will cause you to enjoy every day of your life.
SoulFood: Heb 5–8, Mark 10:23–34, Ps 93, Pro 11:30–31
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