“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
It’s a new year! A time for new beginnings. For many, it’s a time to set goals or make resolutions to ensure that this year will shine even brighter than the year before.
Most of these goals are related to self-improvement, education, weight, money, or relationships. Let’s take a look at the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2015*:
- Lose Weight
- Getting Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
- Staying Fit and Healthy
- Learn Something Exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others in Their Dreams
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
Statistics say 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions; however, only 8% are successful in achieving their resolution. I didn’t bother researching all the documented reasons for this failure rate. Instead, I decided to see what God had to say.
In Matthew 6:25-33, Jesus tells us that the people of that time were worried about their lives. Their short list consisted of three very basic needs:
He tells them not to be anxious about these things, because their heavenly Father “knows that you need them all.” Jesus then instructs them to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
God was left off both the lists above. The Bible says in Acts 17:26, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” How, then, can we possibly succeed in anything without His help?
Make the #1 item on your 2017 list of priorities: a growing relationship with God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me that without you, I can do nothing. Help me to put and keep you first in every area of my life. Amen.