The recent death of a dear friend makes me pause to realize how easily death comes to us, how swiftly and unexpectantly we can return to the earth from which we came. Therefore, I am compelled to urge that we should recognize life as a precious gift to be used wisely and not squandered frivolously. Stripped of God’s spirit, our bodies return to dust. Stripped of God’s purpose, our work is in vain. Stripped of God’s love, our service is futile. We must put God first over all we do and in all we do because without him we have nothing. Knowing that life is futile without God motivates the wise person to seek HIM first. God’s purpose for telling us “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” is to help us develop, through our experiences in this life, His holy and righteous character, and to prepare us to rule under Christ as kings and priests on this earth (Revelation 5:10).