It is human to thrive for a good life and success. We want our family to do well and prosper. There’s nothing wrong wanting the fine things in life. However, God wants us to put Him first so that He can bless us to become a blessing to others.
In our modern society, work and career have been idolized. Since we’re kids, we’re programed to decide what we want to do instead of asking what God wants us to do. Our education and career is based on how much money we can make. While work is a strong Bible word, life was not meant to be spent on making a living. We’re created to know Him and make His name known. When we seek God, blessings will follow.
Moses was the son of a Hebrew slave. God’s divine providence landed him in the royal palace of the Pharos. The same people that wanted to kill him ended up adopting Moses as their own son. He grew up with affluence, name and fame but he had no purpose. One day he killed an Egyptian and it catapulted him to seek after God in the wilderness. There, God molded him for forty years (Moses was a stubborn man; it won’t take you that long). In pursuit of God, Moses had an encounter with the Almighty. Moses came down with the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God. The rest is history – Moses became the deliverer of the nation of Israel in slavery. Moses sought after God and not only blessings followed him but through Moses a whole nation was blessed! You too are called to be a blessing to the world.
My brother Neil was a successful businessman in his early twenties. I was in college at the time and every time I saw him he loaded me with money. Sometimes, he literally had money falling out of his pocket and didn’t bother to pick it up. He was filthy rich. After my graduation Neil and I decided to take a mini vacation together to the neighboring country of the Mount Everest. As we went around visiting the underground churches (people were thrown in prison for being a Christian there), my brother Neil heard the Gospel: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). Neil gave his heart to God and decided to seek after Him. Fast forward twenty five plus years, today Dr. Neil Anderson is touching millions of lives bringing the Gospel to the persecuted countries. God has blessed him with ten times more than he could have ever imagined.
Many people hesitate to serve the Almighty because they feel God is going to take away what they enjoy. It is just the opposite from the truth. When we make up our mind to give God the preeminence, we’ll begin a life of adventure and abundance like never before. God is still looking for a few good men (and women) who would sell out to Him and His cause. As we make resolutions for the New Year, I challenge you to put God in the driver’s seat and fasten your seatbelt for the ride of your life. Playing it safe is overrated. Try the exhilarating life God has in store for you. I guarantee, you’ll not be disappointed.
This is what Abraham did in the Bible. His family was idol-worshippers. But Abraham had an encounter with God; he became a God-Seeker. When he started out in that faith journey, he barely had anything and the hard, barren landscape held no promises for him. Yet, Abraham plunged himself in the Almighty Hand of God. At the end of his days Abraham was rich not only in material blessing but also in relationships, health and influence. God made him to be the Father of many nations.
What about you my friend? Are you satisfied where you are? Are you content with your lifestyle or do you want more? I believe God has much more in store for you. God has exciting things to reveal to you. Will you seek after God? Will you love Him with all your heart, mind and soul? If you do, He will take you to places you’d never imagined. You’ll leave this planet knowing that you’ve made a difference. Seek God and blessings will follow.
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world” (James 4:8 NLT).
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