Lately I have been challenged with putting God first in everything. For the last 2 weeks or so I have been doing a devotion with my Mom and Sister on the YouVersion app about Uncluttering our lives; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Something occurred to me: Why is it so easy to accept the gift of eternal life yet so hard for us to accept that He is in control of every aspect of our lives? Why is it easy to place our salvation in His hands, yet we’re constantly trying to take control of circumstances in our lives instead of running directly to Him FIRST? Ugh! I am so guilty of this.
God is suppose to be The Purpose, He should be the first goal and pursued only. Once He is first everything else will fall into place. What makes me a Christian is; I have accepted Jesus as my Savior, He is my ONLY Savior, therefore I profess that He put me here for a reason: to have a relationship with Him. There is no other reason for us to be on earth.
In my individual studies, I found a May Scripture Writing Plan on The Ruffled Mango and I read 1 Timothy 6:17-18 which says:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
I love this, “life that is truly life”. It doesn’t say we shouldn’t enjoy the present world, it says to not place our hope in it. God is certain, He never fails, EVER. By putting our hope in Him, He will richly provide us with everything for enjoyment. I personally interpret this as things beyond needs. Then when He blesses us, we shouldn’t be greedy with those world possessions because that is an indication of where our heart is. If we’re generous with our blessings we are really saving up treasures in Heaven which have an eternal ‘shelf life’ (if you will).
Jesus says: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that you may have life to the full. John 10:10
I believe Life to the Full applies to life here on earth.
One thing I often see is unbelievers scoff at Christians for having nice things; cars, houses, clothes, etc. but what they don’t often understand is that God has blessed them with those things because they faithfully give. Jesus said “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:45
The Bible also says:
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
So we can enjoy life, He wants us to! It just can’t be the first priority. He must be our first and foremost priority, our efforts to make Him first will be reflected in our blessings!
What a challenge.