First Place

By: Gabriela Yareliz

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44

The passage above speaks of a man who finds treasure on a property that is not his. Essentially, he is trespassing. When he finds the treasure, he doesn’t remove it from the property but instead works hard and buys the property. This parable illustrates the “if-you-want-it-how-bad-do-you-want-it” concept.

God’s kingdom is ours through the sacrifice of Jesus, however our obedience and desire to obtain and promote it play a role in our lives, and our dedication to working for the Kingdom shows what is important to us and our purpose.

Our priorities are illustrated by what we spend time and money on. Our priorities reflect our perception of our purpose in life.

“Your purpose isn’t just about you. It’s about God and His kingdom agenda (pg. 28)…The foundational principle for your destiny is this: God created you to put Him and His kingdom first (pg.34)…If He is truly before all things, He will hold all things together (pg.35)…When you are clear about your purpose, you will not allow circumstances to dictate your decisions (pg.47).” Tony Evans, Destiny: Let God use you like He made you.

Priorities take sacrifice.
Runway models restrict eating. Runners and boxers train. Fashion icons wear only what would look good through the lense of their personal photographers. Makeup artists spend incredible amounts of money on new product hauls and hours testing gifted products. Lawyers spend hours in the office, and they have Snuggies under their desks. Law students don’t sleep for three years. Advertisers never leave the office because competition is fierce. Missionaries sleep in humid jungles with no bodyguards.You get the idea; we sacrifice for what we care about.

Paul wrote in his last letter to Timothy:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my race, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

At the end of his life, Paul knew he had fulfilled the purpose God had for him. He had finished his “race.” Paul went through a lot of hardship as he fulfilled his purpose, but God guided and protected his steps.

The key to success in fulfilling your purpose and God’s will in your life is:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

When we seek God and His kingdom first, everything else comes and falls into place. God gets first place.

“And he said into them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” Luke 11:2

When we pray “Thy kingdom come.” We play a role in God’s kingdom. We have a purpose to fulfill, and no one can do what God has purposed for your life in the way that you can.

God has an eternal reward for those who “love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

You have found treasure in a field. Will you give up all you have to put it in first place. How bad do you want the treasure? In life, it’s often not about whether you want something. That is not enough. It’s about how much you are willing to put from your part to promote that which you want and have.

In this new year, how can we reform and give God the place He deserves in our lives, desires and time?

A Christian’s life should be about service and expanding God’s kingdom, no matter what the field or career. It’s about reflecting the image of God to the world.

For more information on the Ten Days of Prayer, visit:

http://www.tendaysofprayer.org

Or

http://www.Adventist.org

Day 4: Kingdom Work First

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