Kim King is a commercial insurance producer with River Tree Insurance Services in Huntsville, Alabama.
I’ve known Kim since our children were small, but we didn’t become close friends until 2009 when we began having Bible studies with the female inmates in our local jail. I guess it’s true, those who pray together stay together. Kim has been a faithful friend for the last eight years. She has seen my best and my worst, and didn’t run away screaming.
Thank you, Kim, for being a guest blogger today – and for being my friend!
What Do You Seek Most?
Ponder these questions regarding your priorities……What is most important to you? What do you love most? What would you give up everything for?
A couple of years ago I gave each of my grandkids a ceramic cross and on the back I wrote this verse from Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God, live righteously, and He will give you everything you need”. I explained to them that to seek the kingdom of God above all else means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with His desires, to take His character for your pattern, and to serve Him in every area of your life. Now, they were very young (and still are) and didn’t have a clue what I was saying, but I still remind them when I am around them and will continue to as they grow and mature, as I eagerly want them to hunger to seek God, to come to know God, not to just know ofHim.
You see, I’ve known of God most all of my life, but didn’t come to truly know Him until just a few years ago. I was involved in an accident in 1961 at the age of 3 that almost took my life. God spared me for a reason. He had a plan for my life, but I didn’t even begin to submit to His plan and His will until 2009. Up until then, I wasn’t living for Jesus in every area of my life. Oh, I was the good wife, good mother, daughter, friend, employee (hard worker, dedicated) and involved in the church (but only on a “need to” basis and not out of a “want to” of true passion and desire!!).
My priorities were in the wrong order. It was my family, my job, and then God, if there was any time left (ouch, that was hard to admit!). I was selfish and stubborn with my time. But, at least I didn’t engage in idolatry (or so I thought at the time), didn’t do drugs or steal, as if that makes a difference on the sin scale!! But, I was selfish, judgmental, hung onto bitterness and resentment, unforgiving and a big worrier (about my kids, our finances and what others thought).
I went to church. Now how’s that for religion? So, obviously by that statement I wasn’t part of the church body, I just went. And sadly, I didn’t allow the Holy Spirit to guide every aspect of my life. And in not doing so, I was missing out on the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) growing in me.
I didn’t realize it, but I longed for a deep relationship with God to where I knew Him, loved Him, and remembered what He did for me. I longed to imitate Him and allow Him to love others through me. Why did I not know this? Because I did not seek Him!! He was not my top priority!!
And then, in May, 2009, I went on the Emmaus Walk. Of all the topics we discussed over a 3-day period….grace, forgiveness, discipleship, perseverance….the topic on “Studying God’s Word” truly GOT MY ATTENTION!!!! This became the turning point for my transformation to live for Jesus!!!! I started making time to read and study God’s Word. I got a Bible I could understand and made Him my first priority!! It’s amazing what you can do when you turn off the TV, phone and the computer. When you get up an extra few minutes each day to spend time in quietness with God and listen!! Once I started studying and took time to be still, it’s like I couldn’t get enough of Jesus!! Through making the effort to seek God, I finally realize it’s not a chore, it’s what I desire! It’s what I crave and even miss when I, for whatever reason, don’t take advantage of this precious time with Him. It’s during this time I am reminded …
- about God’s unconditional love.
- to love others unconditionally.
- that true forgiveness is a choice.
- to die to self.
- to not be judgmental.
- to work on patience.
- to work on self-control.
- to be joyful, no matter the circumstance.
- to be humble.
I don’t have to meet the world’s standard and worry what others think. He is enough!!
I am so thankful God allowed me to survive the accident that September day. I know He left me here on earth for a reason. I now know His plans for me are to praise and glorify Him in all that I am and do. I know I am still a work in progress. I am still learning to live each day and every area of my life for Him. I am still learning to allow the Holy Spirit to work in me, control me, and use me the way He sees fit. I surround myself with Christian friends who have the same goals in life. I have learned that to love God, is to love to others. And to serve God, is to serve others. And in reference to the first three questions, I still struggle with putting God first in EVERY area of my life. And I have learned the closer I draw nearer to God, the harder Satan tries to mess with my mind. He tries to consume my mind with things that are meant for good with family, friends and work, but can use people and things nearest to my heart to divert my attention. So, I will strive to seek God even more, as the victory has already been won!!
How about you? How did you answer those questions? Do you know what God’s answers are…..YOU!! Yes, the Creator of the universe loves YOU most? Would you believe He would give up everything to have relationship with YOU? Let that truth of God’s heart sink in for a minute. Craig Dennison said it best when he said, “Out of everything else God created, He most desires a relationship with you and me. And He so longed for us to know him fully that He sent Jesus to die to make this restored relationship possible. He stands at the door of our heart with the deepest yearning of love for us to simply come and get to know Him. And once we truly grasp the depth of God’s desire for us, the only true response is to give up everything for Him. He laid the foundation for our commitment to Him with the greatest single act of love, and He waits patiently for us to respond, to begin living a life with Him as our highest priority.”
As I pray for my grandchildren to come to know God and to have a deep relationship with Him as they grow, I pray the same for you. My prayer is for those of you who may be like I was and only knew of Him, may you take the steps necessary to put aside the things of this world, to turn off the distractions and make time for Him. He already knows you. And He delights in YOU. Psalm 37:4 tells us “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Will you get to know and delight Jesus?
Thank you, Donna, for allowing me to share my story with your readers. Blessings to you all as you seek to have a deeper relationship with Him!!
P.S. I hope you’ll take a moment to listen to this beautiful rendition of “Give Me Jesus”. WARNING….it will play over and over in your head all day long. But, that is a good thing!!