Bible Reading: Matthew 6:33 & Psalm 119:10
Guest Devotion: by Jessica Brohman
As a little girl I remember a framed scripture hanging in our hallway. It was Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I walked past it day after day, year after year, and I never understood what it really meant to seek Him first. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the word “first” as an adjective, an action word. It means coming before all others in time, order, or importance. “Seek” is also an adjective that means to search or to ask for. The bible tells us we are to seek Him first.
How? How do I seek Him first? A question I began to desire to answer as I grew older and started my own family. I had to seek Him with my whole heart to truly find Him. I knew of Him but I had to know Him. It was a challenge that I am so thankful God put on my heart and one I accepted in obedience. I spent the next several years seeking Him and tuning into what God wanted for my life. Worship, Bible study, fellowship and accountability with other Christians. Listening to the Holy Spirit is how seeking Him became and is still a part of my daily living.
Putting Him first was a desire that came along with seeking Him. Psalm 119:10 says “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” We will never be successful apart from God. He deserves to be put first in all areas of our lives and is waiting with open arms for us to seek him, every day!
Set up your Nativity! One of my favorite activities as a family…we have our beautiful untouchable Nativities, we have the one that the kids play with and often loose baby Jesus…but this year I found this crafting kit at the local craft store. It was a way to build the Nativity in a hands on way…perfect if you have elementary age kids like I do! Share pictures of your Nativity on social media or in the comments below! Use the hashtag #DGAdvent (Every post earns you an extra entry in the giveaway!)
Share this graphic on social media…use the hashtag #DGAdvent