What does seek ye first really mean?
For a highschool student, it means giving up going to parties and having boyfriends. It means studying all the time, paying attention in class and basically giving up my life of fun in exchange of good deeds.
In college, it means taking up Nursing because it’s what my parents want and “honoring thy father and mother” is the only way to go.
When you’re an adult, it means giving up a life of partying harder and dating. It means staying at home and resenting everything that is evil.
In all these scenarios, I don’t see a single person happy about “seeking Him first” and at the same time, I don’t see a mention of Him at all.
That is where the problem lies. It’s all about us, which means that no “seeking” has been done.
Our idea of having control over every single detail of our lives makes us want to control our relationship with God too (we are incredible creatures).
Seeking Him has nothing to do with any of that, it has nothing to do with trying to be a saint and everything to do with giving up the control and surrendering it completely to Him.
Seeking Him means giving up our understanding of where we’re going and understanding that it’s not about our personal gain, but putting Him first and simply giving up our very desires and surrendering them to the One who knows better, the One who created us.
You’re probably thinking, “so here goes the boring life and here goes a lifetime of missing out!”
That’s pretty much an insult to our Creator, if you do know Him enough, you’d realize that He doesn’t want us to live a sad and boring life!
He wants to grant us power to glorify His name and it means that once we know why we’re blessed with good things, our deepest desires would be granted.
It took me 21 years to get that and I’m still learning, but if you knew who I was before and if you’re aware of some of the choices I’ve made, you’d know why I’m so in love with spreading His word.
It’s because the transformation has nothing to do with me at all and everything to do with Him.
That’s what happened when I learned to put and seek Him first.
Quite amazing, don’t you think?