31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When I think about the times in my life that I have had my priorities out of order, it was always coming from a place or worry or anxiety. As a teen, I would worry about getting good grades so I would put my studies over spending time with Jesus. As a student in college, I worried about making friends so I would spend excessive times with people rather than prioritize healthy solitude. As a young adult, I worried about being great in ministry, so at times I forgot to prioritize familial relationships. In each of these situations, I was not seeking first God’s kingdom but my own. I find when I seek first God’s kingdom my priorities become quite clear. This does not make it easier to resist the temptation to build my own kingdom, but it does gives me a peace about the decisions I am making in my life. I want to challenge you today to think about your life. Whether you know it or not you have either intentionally or unintentionally prioritized your life. What are the factors that have contributed to those decisions? Was it building your kingdom or building God’s Kingdom? These questions will help you decipher where your priorities should be and give you a deep peace as you make hard sacrifices to protect your calling to be a Kingdom Builder. As followers of Jesus we are all called to that high purpose and by aligning ourselves with Jesus, we can achieve it!