At a time when the disciples of Jesus were worried about the possible lack of the necessities of life, He said to them, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

If we’ll just put God and His Kingdom first and foremost, He will take care of all the rest. This powerful text calls us to be God-seekers. That is, God and His Will and Way should take precedence over everything else in our lives.

To prevent the enemy from strapping blinders on us, we need some spiritual reminders along the way …

1. May I remind you of your attitude? As we grow older, we make adjustments in life.

For example, we need to learn how to accept change, even if it messes with our personal preferences.

We need to become more forgiving, even though someone may have hurt us deeply a long time ago.

We should discover how to delegate authority, allowing younger Christians to assume roles of leadership in the church. And our trust in God should be forever increasing as we scoot farther and farther out on that tiny limb of faith.

It is easy, however, for a child of God to become hardened, callused, bitter, even looking down our righteous noses at others.

For this reason, Paul admonishes the believers at Philippi to possess the Mind of Christ: “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:3-8)

2. May I remind you of your spirit? General Booth of the Salvation Army once said, “The tendency of fire is to go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart.” When Jesus first came into our hearts, He lit a fire on the hearth of our souls.

Paul admonished young preacher-boy Timothy to always be about fanning the flame. (2 Timothy 1:6) Don’t ever let that fire within flicker until it goes out!

3. May I remind you of your walk? One of my favorite Scriptures is 1 John 2:6, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

My son has been accused more than once of walking the way I walk, and some have said that I walk the same way my Dad walked.

If we are children of the King, we should consistently walk the way Jesus did. In other words, people should be able to see Jesus in each of us.

It has been suggested there are three steps to a godly walk. First there’s communication. Instead of worrying and criticizing, we should trust and encourage. We should strive to recognize the good in others. Next there’s compassion, seeing people through the eyes of a kindhearted Christ.

Wouldn’t our nation, our world, be a much better place if everyone did that?

Finally, there is commitment, keeping our sacrifice on the altar. Remaining true and faithful to our Lord and Savior should be the priority of our lives.

All of this is wrapped up in Matthew 6:33, a great reminder as to what it means to seek Him first above anyone and anything.

As you pray today, ask God to personally remind you on a daily basis as to what it means to be a Spirit-filled Christian. All it takes is seeking Him first.

Rev. Danny Goddard is senior pastor at New Castle First Church of the Nazarene. He is a regular contributor to the Faith Perspective column.