The modern world is full of distractions that can seem overwhelming. So many things require our attention that we end up overlooking our relationship with God. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Not everything I that distracts us is bad. Our jobs, families, hobbies, and friends are okay. But they can be sources of distraction at some point.
It is possible to take time of our busy schedules and put away things that need our attention? What does it really mean to put God first? How can someone give God priority in their life? And what are the benefits of letting God take control of our lives?
What does it mean to put Good first in your life. Matthew 6:33 talks about seeking God’s kingdom first and of benefits that follow this instruction. God cannot ask us to do something that is beyond our capacity. So if He told us to do it, that means we can.
All the things that other people are chasing after are added to us if we put God first. What an amazing reality this is. To put God first means giving Him top priority in our lives and letting Him take charge. It means having a personal relationship and fellowship with the creator of the Universe.
The first commandment states; you shall have no other God’s before me. Yet, the truth is so many things take the place of God in our lives. Most people, including believers are to busy chasing after money, attention, and influence instead of God.
Why is that?
It is because most of us believe “other gods” are only graven images. But that is not the case. As long as you put anything before God, than that thing or person is a god. So, it is safe to say that any kind of distraction can be a god.
How to put God first in your life
For you to put God first in your life, you need to be intentional about it. It’s not something that you will only do once in a while. It needs to be a daily habit.
By putting God first in the right place, we will be able to live life more abundantly.
So, what are some that we can do habitually to ensure we put God first?
We need to check out our hearts frequently
Anything that we focus on excessively can be a distraction. Even our own feelings and wisdom. When we allow our emotions to take control instead of God we worshiping our feelings.
It’s good to check your heart frequently. This will help us know whether we are bowing to our feelings or God.
But how to do it? By asking the Holy Spirit to bring any feelings or distraction that is taking place of God to your attention. Ask Him to help you deal with it and then choose the to focus on God.
Dedicating our lives to serve Him
Get involved with church activities. This will help you to focus more on the things of God. Look at the different departments in your church and then settle for one that suits you spiritually. You don’t have to engage in all the church activities. Just ask God for direction.
For example, At my church we have communion once a month. And on special activities. And I get the communion ready.
Spend time on prayer and His word everyday. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day it is to our benefit. We can discipline ourselves to take some time to fellowship with Him.
This time of fellowship will grow and allow us to receive inspiration and the guidance we so need in our lives. It will also enable us to enjoy other benefits of having God in our lives.
For example, we will become content in life even if we have little compared to others.
Set aside time to get closer to God. This can be early in the morning when you wake up or during the night before you go to sleep.
God has a plan for our lives, and it’s a great plan. When we give God priority, He directs us on the right path that we should take. But, if we refuse to let Him take charge, we risk missing our paths and finding ourselves in unnecessary trouble. Accept God’s guidance and you will find yourself making the right moves in your family, your career and life in general.
Many people are people pleasers. But that. But, that can change by allowing God to take change. Ask Him to help you depend on Him alone.
Giving God first priority means consulting with Him before making big life decisions
Have you ever rushed to make a decision only to regret it later? Knowing something was not right as you hurried to get through it. Did you feel pressed in your heart to wait but, you went ahead with a decision you could change once it’s been made?
Putting God first is not just about prayer and reading the word. We need to involve God in every area of our life.
You’ll experience Joy because you know that no matter the situation, it will all turn out for your good.