PUT HIM FIRST
First in Your Time (Psa 90:12)
Time is a commodity we can never regain. Before the affairs of our
daily responsibilities fill our minds, spending time with God is imperative.
Unloading our burdens, and receiving instructions from God should
be the first and foremost priority of our time. The problems that will
confront us during the day can be subdued in the morning prayer and
harnessed under God's control before they occur (Mk 1:35). Time is
like money in our pockets. We can invest it productively, or waste it
frivolously. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Surely we can find a few
of them to use for our spiritual growth. Productive and successful people
don't use "to do" lists; they count their minutes. There is no way hours
are going to slip away from you with this practice. The old adage
"I don't have any time", is an obvious excuse for mismanaging days.
God gives us plenty of hours for work, rest, recreation, and also to
spend in the sanctuary. Sporadic church involvement and poor attendance
is a result of not putting God first in our time. Our schedule is to be
resolved in accordance with our convictions. If God is not a priority in
our clocks, the need to spend time in His house will rank even lower.
There is a reason God requires us to become a part of a local assembly.
That is, practical spiritual exercise (1 Cor 14), pastoral care (Act 20:28),
and becoming part of a spiritual family (Eph 4:11-16); to name a few.
First in Your Finances (Pro 3:9-10)
Purity of heart is the measuring stick by which God evaluates our
spiritual integrity. In fact, Jesus specifically declared that your treasure
and your heart are inseparable (Mat 6:19-21). The place God takes in
your budget list, speaks volumes of where He ranks in your life. Putting
God first in your life begins by putting God first in your budget list. God
has given us all things to enjoy, and everything we have comes from Him.
In honor and recognition of this fact, we offer Him of our monetary
resources. And may we be reminded that what we present to Him is
that which we have taken out of His very own hand (1 Chr 29:14).
There is nothing we can offer God that doesn't already belong to Him.
However, neither should we offer Him anything that costs us nothing
(2 Sam 24:24). By putting God first in our giving, we put ourselves in a
glorious position of a secured abundance (Pro 3:10, Lk 6:38). No man
has given all his heart to God until he has relinquished all trust in his
earthly treasures. A man's income, savings, and material wealth are all
useless without God's blessing. We can quickly lose everything that has
no anchor on God's holding power (Pro 23:5). When we put God first in
our finances there is no earthly, or diabolical power that can interrupt
the steadfastness of our well being and security. The only place in the
Bible where God says "prove me", is in the tithe, which when practiced
includes the promise of opening the windows of heaven and pouring
out a blessing that cannot be contained (Mal 3:10). To no surprise much
financial abuse and lack of integrity has undeniably brought shame to
the Church of Christ by some ministries. However, that does not nullify
that purity of heart in putting God first in our own finances can be
devoid of Biblical authority. Everyone will give an account for his
stewardship, and we dare not make a charlatan provide an excuse for
our negligence in obeying God.
First in Your Convictions (Dan 6:10)
Our convictions are the highest authority, and come second only to
the Word of God. What we stand for will always stem from the devotion
we have to our Savior. No one is going to stand up and applaud you
for being godly in the midst of a wicked generation. In fact, persecution
is sure to follow those who choose to live such a life (2 Tim 3:12).
Putting God first in what you stand for means you will be despised
by a world who hates Him.
First in Your Decisions (Psa 25:3-5)
Daily choices are the masterminds of our future. When God is first,
what we choose will never go against His Word. When we walk according
to His Word, God will never walk against us (Lev 26:40-41). Prioritizing
God in your life will affect every cognitive choice you make, until the
day you die.