Every year, millions of people make promises to themselves and those they love to change for the better, yet they break those promises a few weeks (or sometimes days) later. We spend so much energy looking for our best life only to experience so much heartache when we don’t find what we are looking for. Perhaps we’re looking in the wrong place!
Jesus said in Mark 8:34–35 N LT, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”
Jesus is making a staggering and counterintuitive claim here. He’s saying that seeking your own best interest will never work. He’s saying you will never find the peace, the satisfaction, and the life you’re looking for, by looking for it! He’s saying the only way to find what you’re truly looking for is to find it in Him. Again in Matthew 6:33 NLT Jesus makes a similar promise: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and we will give you everything you need.”
Do you want 2022 to be the best year of your life? If so, commit to making it your best year spiritually. Make a decision, here and now, to seek Jesus with reckless abandon and watch as He begins to transform every area of your life! Trust me; I know from personal experience that there is no better investment you could make in yourself and in your family than to put God first in this way. That’s why we can confidently say this will be the best year of your life, if it’s your best year spiritually.
So in the following pages, you will find 21 days of devotional content meant to guide you on a journey of pursuing God first. I encourage you to take this seriously. Put your heart into it, even if you don’t see immediate results, and watch what God will do.
I leave you with the words of the great C.S. Lewis:
“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”