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Matthew 6:31-33 Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” 32Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. 33But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. (CEV)
When you put God first and trust Him, He will take care of all your needs. Put Him at the center of your life and everything else will be taken care of.
The problem is we try to share that number one position with God we then end up with nothing. Try this at home on your own. Get a can of soda and pour into a glass. Then get a straw and take a sip of the soda through the straw. Was it satisfying? Good… that’s what it’s like when you put God first in your life. Putting God first is the secret to living a satisfying life!
Now, I’d like you to get a second straw and take another sip but this time you’re going to use both straws, one on the inside of the glass and the other on the outside. Now take a drink. What happened? You can’t drink anything. It doesn’t work.
That’s what happens in your life when you try to put both God and the things of this world first in our life. You end up with nothing. You end up being unsatisfied.
The real reason so many people are unhappy, unsatisfied, and unfulfilled in life is because Jesus Christ is not the center of their lives. They’re looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. They run from this to that… looking for something that’s going to satisfy them. They go from relationship to relationship, from job to job, from church to church looking for the key. Yet, they’re still not content or satisfied.
The problem is, none of these things can give you lasting satisfaction. Only Jesus can give you lasting satisfaction. Only Jesus can satisfy your life. If you’re discontent it means Jesus Christ isn’t at the center of your life.
Today in this world of economic woes, when unemployment is up around 8.3%, many people are wondering where their next meal is going to come from, how they’re going to pay the rent or make the house payment, or how they’re going to feed and cloth their families.
What does God promise those who are in this condition? Does God promise to supply everyone’s needs no matter who they are and no matter if they are following the Lord or not? Jesus tells us to seek put Him first and then God will supply our needs.
How many times have we said or heard someone say, “God, if you will get me through this time of trouble then I will serve you and follow you?” God wants us to follow Him first and then He will supply our needs. God promises that if we will put Him first in our lives, then He will supply our needs.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Paul didn’t say God was going to meet all your greeds, but rather all your needs.
When I buy an insurance policy I read through it and find out what’s covered. Then, when I know what’s covered, I don’t worry about it because I know it’s covered. The Bible is God’s insurance policy. Did you know there are over 7000 promises in the Bible? Many of you can’t claim them though because you don’t even know where they are. That’s why you need to get into the Bible and read it and study it everyday. That’s why you need to have a daily quiet time. As you read God’s policy manual (The Bible) and get familiar with what guarantees God has made in your life, you stop worrying.
What percentage of our needs does God promise to supply for us? Does God promise to supply only 25% of our needs? Does He promise to supply only 50%? Does He promise to supply only 75% of our needs? No, God promises to supply 100% or “all” of our needs, “according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”.
God supplies our needs “in Christ Jesus” not outside of Jesus! You can’t expect God to meet your needs while you live your live apart from Jesus. It’s only when Jesus becomes the Lord of your life that God then promises to meet your needs.
Psalm 23:11 The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. (GW)