First + Best

Often we give the first and best of our time, thoughts, and money to things that don’t lead to fulfillment. Jesus invites us to choose another way: seek first God’s kingdom. What would change if God got your first and best?

Teaching Notes

HOW DO I END UP WITH MORE OF WHAT MATTERS MOST?

Silicon Valley Formula:
- SUCCESS at any cost.
- BUSYNESS as a badge of honor.
- FINANCIAL security the goal.

What it Produces:
- “SUCCESS” at the expense of SIGNIFICANCE
- OVERWORKED yet under FULFILLED
- more MONEY but less PEACE

Jesus’ “New” Formula:  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  - Jesus

 

4 FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS:
1. There is MORE to life than having MORE in life.

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”  Luke 12:15

2. Where your money GOES, there your heart FOLLOWS.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

3. How you VIEW money is a KEYSTONE Habit

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  Matthew 6:22-23
4. You end up SERVING what you SEEK.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  Matthew 6:24

 

PARADIGM SHIFT:

Give God your FIRST and BEST and He will provide the REST.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  - Jesus [Matthew 6:33]

 

Putting God first in your finances:
1) PRIORITIZED 2) PERCENTAGE 3) PROGRESSIVE

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  • Matthew 6:33

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As a people we are constantly striving to be the first and the best. It seems to be an obsession of ours. It’s why we chose to go to that school, drive that car, wear those clothes, go on that vacation, get our kids into that school- and the list goes on. We often give our first and best energy to be perceived as “having it all together” and yet live overworked, anxiety soaked, under fulfilled, hurried lives. Have you ever stopped to ask the question, why? Or better yet, is there another way? The Bible invites us to choose another way.