Think about this. What if God approached you and granted you one wish? What would it be? Your answer to this question is one of the most telling things about you; it illuminates your value system.
See, the Bible tells us that “where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” You can tell a lot about someone in the first five minutes of conversation. What they talk about most is what is important to them. Talk to me for any amount of time and we’ll talk about deer hunting, guns and golf. If you really want to get into a good conversation with me, ask me about spiritual things. That will keep us talking for days.
In the scriptures (I.Kings 3:1-15) we are told that God told King Solomon he could have anything he asked for. Can you imagine — anything? Gold. Power. A life of elegance. A new Ferrari (I don’t think they were available in his day but maybe a gold covered chariot). Anything he wanted, all he had to do was ask for it and it was his.
What would you ask for? A new Z06 Corvette? A Rolex? A 70-inch high definition TV? A larger house? A vacation around the world? A trip to Disneyland? When you get to be my age, things like good health become important. Enough money to retire on. Family. Close friends. Those things are important.
But, Solomon didn’t ask for any of those. No. He asked for wisdom to govern God’s people. He asked for wisdom. And because he did, God gave him everything else — everything he did not ask for. Can you imagine that? He gave him wisdom and He also gave him riches and honor. God made Solomon the wisest and richest man the world had ever known. Why do you think that was? Because Solomon’s desire was to please God.
Matthew 6:33 tells us “See first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and these things will be given to you.” In other words, when we pursue “first things first” the other things are thrown in. However, when we pursue second things first, we not only miss the fullness of the first things, but we also miss the fullness of the second things.
Let me illustrate. How many times have you wanted something? You have wanted it really bad? And you saved and saved for it until finally, you could afford to purchase what you wanted. And then what? A few hours later, or a few days or weeks, the “newness” began to wear off. And, believe it or not, in next year’s garage sale was the very thing that you had to have. Why? Because you didn’t seek “first things first.”
I have seen that over and over again in people’s lives. People seek second things first. In other words they give no thought to God, and pretty soon, life is empty and meaningless. But, on the other hand, when people put “first things first” then life is full and has meaning. So let me ask you. If God were to give you one wish what would you wish for? Be careful. Think about it. Put “first things first” and allow God to have His rightful place in your life, and your life will be blessed and meaningful.
And, that’s Something To Think About for this week.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, e-mail him at m.thad.gifford.com or at their website www.3c-church.org.