Giving God Leftovers


Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Now, I’ll admit.  I’m a mom and a wife, among many other roles, so I love leftovers!  But when it comes to our incredible God, I certainly don’t want to give Him any leftovers!

Where do time with God and praying rank on your to-do list? In the hectic world we live in, so often we do not put God first. I know I catch myself doing this more than I’d like to admit. I have to remind myself that when I put God first, all things seem to fall in order. Everything else makes sense when God is first.

The scripture above states that when we seek the kingdom of God first, all “these” things will be added to you.  If you look back at Matthew 6:30-32, you will see what Matthew was referring to when he said “these things”.  He was talking about how people were worrying about having food to eat, clothes to wear and enough to drink.  If we put God first, focus on His kingdom, these things will be given to us.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said, the Lord will provide.  In reading these verses of Matthew, this is the sentiment I receive.  When I look back on the most challenging financial times in my life, I am in awe of how small things, such as a refund check from something I had forgotten about or an unexpected anonymous gift from someone has saved me and my family from financial hardship.  When you truly know that God is looking out for you and hold off on the worrying, that’s when He is able to do His best work.  If you worry, your focus is on that instead of God and His great power.

God wants to give us blessings.  But He also wants to know that we trust Him to bless us.  I know I will never go without, no matter what worldly things may happen, because my God is in control and will not forsake me.

Again, I ask you; are you giving God the majority of your energy, or merely leftovers?  There are some days that are so crazy that by the end of the night, I realize I haven’t spent any time in my Bible.  So, as I’m laying in bed, I grab it and try to give a good ten minutes to focusing on God.  Is that enough?  Isn’t that merely making Him an afterthought?  Gosh, that makes me feel awful.  He loves me so much and is always looking out for me.  And some days all I have the energy for is turning a few pages at bedtime.

The best way I prioritize my time with God, and the way I am most successful with it is when I wake up before everyone else in the house, which is usually the case, make my coffee, and grab my Bible.  It’s incredible when you start your day in the Word, how much better the day goes.  And I don’t know that this is because God sees it and recognizes your work, or that your heart is better focused on what is truly important.  Either way, or both ways, it’s a great way to keep yourself from giving God your leftovers.  Make Him your top priority.  Try it just for a week.  Get up early, enjoy the quiet, pray, and read your Bible.  I think you’ll be amazed at the change you see.

Think About It:

  1. Are you currently giving God just leftovers?  If so, how does that make you feel?
  2. How can you adjust your routine to make God time a priority?
  3. Do you have any tricks you’d like to share for getting God’s message into your day?

I love your comments so please share!  Thank you for reading.  And, hey.  Keep those leftovers for your hubby’s lunch, not God.   🙂

Love in Christ,

Stephanie

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