31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33
From the earliest moments of our lives, we struggle with “me first”. We cry as babies, naturally needing attention for food and nourishment. We rely heavily on others to meet our immediate and secondary needs as children. Is it any wonder that the older we get that “me first” is a struggle? It seems as though the cards are stacked against us. However there is a great distinction between dependency and selfishness. Parents constantly remind children to share, to consider others first, and to not be selfish. Jesus is reminding His people of the same thing in this passage.
As Jesus speaks to all those around, He pointedly says seek God’s Kingdom first. God’s Kingdom is where God is first and His values reign. God’s kingdom is epitomized by His people taking up a “me last” mentality. Jesus Himself came as a servant and we as His disciples are to do the same. Jesus isn’t against us having our needs or even some wants met, but not “first”. A disciple of Jesus is always going to be seeking God first, not “me”. And “me” doesn’t always yield easily but God will always outlast “me”.
In this passage Jesus tells us that when we seek God’s Kingdom first, THEN all these other things will be added unto us. When we subtract “me” things are added. When we seek God first, things come to us but when we opt for putting ourselves first we subtract the most important part of our life: God. When we turn the process to seeking our own needs first, our own wants, etc. that’s when trouble ensues.
It may seem unnatural to put ourselves in last place, to completely trust God to meet our every need but He is a good Father and He always keeps His promises.
How have you been dealing with “me first” mentality lately?
Why is it hard for you to seek God first instead of “me” first?
Whom can you serve this week?
How can you share what you have with others?