Kingdom First

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. – Luke 12:29-31

In the course of our lives and ministry, my wife and I have had to make many transitional moves (MS to TX, TX to GA, GA to MS, MS to NY, NY to IN, IN to PA, PA to Africa, Africa to PA, PA to GA, GA to CA, and finally CA to PA). Cindy loves to say that we have one move left and that one is UP!

While one might think that with each move, things got easier, they just never seemed to do so (at least from our perspective). These departures were usually accompanied by a feeling of incompletion and loss, leaving friends and ministry investments behind. At the same time, our thoughts (in many instances) were comingled with anticipation and excitement over the possibility of new friendships and opportunities to serve.

One thing is certain. Serving God will teach you to trust His provision. Friends, food, finances, and any possibility of future “success” must all be entrusted to an Almighty God and soon you learn that He always provides for every need.

The only caveat is this: Always be sure to seek His Kingdom first.

God’s commands are designed to guide you to life’s very best. You will not obey Him, if you do not believe Him and trust Him. You cannot believe Him if you do not love Him. You cannot love Him unless you know Him. – Henry Blackaby

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.

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