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It is one thing to give to God. To attend to God. And it’s another thing to give him First. If you prioritize God as number one, He will prioritize you in His own agenda. Here’s what we’re discussing.

Today’s class is titled: GIVE ME FIRST.

We’ve been looking at the sub series – Give me To Drink, in our main series – Come, Drink!. And we started with the scripture in John Chapter 4 from verse 7, where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink. In the last two classes, we looked at the objections the Samaritan woman gave and how our Lord Jesus crushed them. And how eventually, the woman was brought to her knees, asking for the living water, which she was supposed to have asked from the beginning, if she had known who was talking to her.

We concluded in that last class that every time we object to what God asked us to do, or we disobey, or refuse to give Him what he’s prompting us to give, It’s because we’re ignorant of what he’s capable of doing with us.

In this class, we’re looking at it from a deeper angle. GIVE ME FIRST.

It’s one thing to give, but it’s another to give Him first. Many boast about what they have done, or what they have given. Ask them, do you prioritize God? When you receive money and you want to pay tithe, do you pay the first 10 percent of the last 10 percent? Tithe shouldn’t be the last 10 percent. Many spend the first 90 percent and give the last 10 percent. It’s a show of how important you have taken God in your life.

Our text for today is in 1 Kings 17 from verse 10.

1 Kings 17:10-13
[10]So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

[11]And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

[12]And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruise: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

[13]And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

In verse 12, the woman had already obeyed Elijah’s request for water. But as Elijah pressed further for some bread to be added, the woman threw up her objection, just the same way the Samaritan woman objected to Jesus at the well. She burst out and informed Elijah that the little food she had left was meant to be the last one for her and her son.

“As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruise: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

In other words, the woman is saying, this is my last survival meal. The same thing happened in John 4 when Jesus asked for a drink. The Samaritan woman threw up an objection about the poor relationship between Jews and Samaritans. Later, she asked Jesus for the fetcher with which he wants to fetch the living water He’s promising. This same thing is happening here.

The Zarephath widow’s last meal is the same meal Elijah the prophet is demanding. Elijah here represents God. That little food was what she had left. God always goes for our survival, because He wants to be our survival. Because He wants us to trust him totally.

God is saying, give me that little trust you have left. Give me that which you think you cannot do without. Many times, that little you think will sustain you cannot sustain you. He’s telling you to trade it for his abundance.

In John chapter 6 verse 5, the Lord Jesus asked Philip of how they could get bread to feed the multitude. Philip, rather than answering the question, could not fathom in His mind, how they would get money to feed over 5,000 people.

John 6:5
[5]When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

In other words, he’s saying a 6 months salary of a man is not sufficient to feed all these people. I’m sure Jesus would have asked; ” What I’m I asking you and what are you responding to? I’m saying where can we get bread. You’re saying, a 6 months salary is not sufficient to get the bread.”

Never allow your imaginations run short of God’s provision. Elijah is instructing the Widow to prepare Him water, and bread too. The woman, instead of getting excited, that she’s sowing a seed which will be multiplied allowed her imaginations limit the possibility of God’s abundance.

Now, even as the woman got reluctant, Elijah now made it clear to her to pay attention to His own need first. This is typical of our God. As much as he loves our responses and our gifts, He wants us to give Him first. He’s always saying, it’s not about us, it’s about Him. The question is, do you put God first? You may give everything you have, you may be very liberal. But do you put God first in your motives?How about your time? How do you start your day? Do you jump into the day’s activities, and then remember during the day that you haven’t observed your devotions and prayers for the day. It’s a sign of how much esteem you accord Him in your life. Today, God is saying, attend to me first. Do mine first.

When you make plans, let Him be number one. When you prepare your budget, put Him as number one. Prioritize his service that he has committed into your hands, as number one, don’t make it number 2. Lord help us! Many of us are guilty of this. We need to prioritize God in our lives. Please prioritize God in your heart. Bible says in,

Proverbs 3:5-6
[5]Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

[6]In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

To acknowledge Him is to put Him first. Don’t check with God after you have made a decision on what to do. It’s the reason you aren’t getting the right responses from him. You shouldn’t come to God and ask for ratification, after you have already proposed to a woman and got a ‘yes’, or after you have already said yes to a proposition, hoping to get God’s approval in that. No! God will not approve of what He did not initiate. If it’s not His will, He will not pay the bill.

You should start with Him, the moment you’re even developing that interest from the beginning. You can make your life super easy and demystify every known complication, just by putting God first.

Even in prayer, many even forget to acknowledge Him in praise, before jumping into their stream of requests. Please Give God priority in your heart and ways. God should come first, not second. Please teach your children God’s ways. Let them prioritize God from their childhood. If you fail to teach them, the world will teach them their own ways. Bible says in:

Proverbs 22:6
[6]Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Teach them God’s word first. Teach them the Lord’s ways first. Because the world will either teach them adulterated doctrines, or wrong perceptions altogether, and you may not be able to handle that later.

Hear this: Matthew 6:33 says SEEK YE FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness. Wow! God’s word is complete. Seek God’s kingdom first. Not yourself or your business. When you seek Him first, you won’t need to seek other things, because He will add them to you.

Father, we thank you. We love you. We bless your name. We will seek you first. We will love, and know you first. We will bless you first before we request for blessings, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Now, do you want to come to Jesus? I know you’re excited. Say, Lord, I thank you for your love. I thank you for your grace. I appreciate your love, and I’m here to receive it. I receive you as my Lord and saviour. I accept you into my life. And I know you’re writing my name into the book of Life. In the name of Jesus. I’m free, I’m glad. Hallelujah. In Jesus Name. Amen.

That’s it. I’m happy for you, welcome to the kingdom.

Let’s continue next time, by God’s grace. Bye for now. Amen.

 

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