Precedence

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Mark 8:36-37 (NIV)
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

All of us have dreams and goals that we want to achieve, from the youngest of children to the more mature and mellow hearts of our folks. As much as dreams and visions are things that have been ordained by God, we as Christians have to be constantly conscious as to whether our dreams have been given by God, which can be determined through prayer and studying God’s Word and hearing His voice, but importantly also, what place does this dream or this goal have in our hearts relative to God’s position in our hearts. We never want to fall into the trap where we become so hungry for the dreams we have to come to fruition that they overtake and overthrow God’s place in our hearts. That is certainly not what God has called dreams to do for us.

In this day and age, it is so easy to get tangled up with the wide array of roles and responsibilities that we have, burrowing ourselves in the reports we have to complete and the paperwork we have to get done by the next day. All the hustle and bustle of life might get to some of us and that causes our priorities to become a little jumbled up at times. We get so obsessed over climbing our career ladders or getting that all important A+ on an assignment that we forget what really matters in this life and what should take precedence over what. In the midst of all that, we lose out on the full blessings that God has wanted to give us, and we miss out on the great works that He could have done through us. To be honest, there were instances in my life where I felt that such things seemed more important than the Kingdom work cut out for me, but as I begin to reflect on all my past experiences, it occurs to me that whenever a person puts a dream or a goal before God and His works, it is usually because one does not trust and look up enough. The insecurity and lack of confidence that God will be able to make good His promises can be so poisonous because we are trying to say that God will not come through for us and it is better to rely on our own strength, which might seem like a very logical decision at that point in time.

What I am trying to say is this: Logical or not is that decision to rely on your efforts alone, it doesn’t matter because whatever you can achieve with your own strength, God can do more. You may be able to achieve the good but God can bring you the best. I have heard enough testimonies and experienced it enough to say that God loves to work through illogical means, ways that we cannot even begin to comprehend. It just takes that step of courage and that leap of faith on our part to trust Him and know that though we spend more time and resources serving His Kingdom, making it seem like we have lesser than others, I tell you that we are really working to unleash God’s abundance in our lives and in so doing, the lives of those around us. So remember, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the dreams and visions that You have given to me. Lord, I pray that in everything I do, You would be the One to always keep me in check and remind me to go in the right direction when I seem to be straying from Your path. Lord, I ask that in this life, nothing shall ever gain the first priority other than You and Your Kingdom alone. Even as I make that conscious effort to walk towards You and take that leap of faith, I just want to thank You that You will never fail Your children, You will never fail me or forsake me when I need You. I am and will always be grateful for what You have done for me, may I never take it for granted. In Your Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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