How to Give God First Place

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33).

I. Put Him Before Pleasure

“Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton …” (James 5:5).

A. We live in a pleasure-seeking world. Millions of dollars are spent on entertainment each year.

B. Christians should be faithful to worship God in church attendance, prayer, and the ministry of His Word (Matt. 6:33).

II. Put Him Before Position

“Labour … for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life” (John 6:27).

A. Too many people make their jobs too important, but inclement weather or company hinders their church attendance.

B. Position and finances are necessary, but they should be kept in the proper perspective (Matt. 6:33).

III. Put Him Before Popularity

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another …” (John 5:44).

A. It is natural to want the approval of others. In school, youngsters want to be like the other kids. In the office or factory, it’s easy to go along with the crowd.

B. It is most important to have the approval of God. We should be on the offensive by witnessing for Him. He will supply courage and grace (Matt. 6:33).

IV. Put Him Before Possessions

“A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).

A. This is a materialistic age. Possessions have captured the hearts of millions. The Scripture warns that the love of money is the root of all evil.

B. God wants our wholehearted devotion. We should be faithful in paying God’s tithes and giving our offerings liberally (Matt. 6:33).

 Spray, R. E. (1984). “How to …” Sermon Outlines (p. 30). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.


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