I taught this past week on a simple phrase: the first impacts the following. 

Matthew 6:33 beautifully depicts this principle: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

It’s pretty easy to get things out of order. In our effort to live a meaningful life, we invest our first (and most valuable) efforts into various activities: 

__ social justice
__ pursuit of financial security
__ relationships
__ insert your first here

When we seek FIRST the Kingdom of God, the Word tells us that it impacts all of these things. Read Matthew 5 & 6 through that lens. These chapters speak directly to some of the most common things that we deal with in life. And what Matthew 6:33 is saying is that when you seek God first, he enters into every area of your life and gives you the resources to navigate every situation. 

The first impacts the following. What are you pursuing first?