Putting God first in a modern world that is full of distractions can seem like a tall order to many. Meanwhile, there are so many things that require our attention including our jobs, family, hobbies, and friends.
Is it possible to take time out of our busy schedules and put away things that need our attention? what does it really mean to put God first?
Furthermore, how can someone give God the first priority in their life? And what are the benefits of letting God take control of our lives? Luckily, in this article, we break down this subject and attempt to answer the questions above.
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What it Means to Put God First.
In Matthew 6:33, the scripture talks about seeking God’s kingdom first and the benefits that follow this instruction.
Firstly, God can’t ask us to do something that is beyond our capacity. So if He told us to do it, that means we can.
Secondly, all these 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 the first priority in our lives and letting him take charge. That means having a personal relationship and fellowship with the creator. So what are the benefits of doing this?
Benefits of Putting God First.
• When we put God first in our lives, we accept his direction.
God has a plan for our lives, and it’s a great plan (Jeremiah 29:11). When we give God priority, he directs us in the right path that we should take. If we refuse to let him take charge, we run the risk of missing our paths and finding ourselves in unnecessary trouble.
If we accept God’s guidance however, We find ourselves making the right moves in our career, our family and life in general.
• We experience Joy and happiness when we make God a priority in our lives.
According to renown gospel minister, Joyce Meyer in an article on her website everyday answers with joyce meyer, title Putting God First in Your Priorities say,”your joy will increase when you put God first in your life”.
Many people have the desire to find joy and happiness, seeking God’s guidance is a good start. You experience joy because you know that no matter the situation, it will all turn out for your good (Romans 8:28).
• There is a purpose to each of our lives and a reason for our being here in the first place.
Only a creator can know the fullest potentials of his creation. God knows our potentials and what we can achieve should we fulfill those potentials.
Putting God first in our lives helps us utilize those potentials thus fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives (Ephesians 2:10 AMP). Fulfilling our purpose brings about unequaled joy in our lives.
• Giving God the first priority enables us to experience peace in our lives.
Knowing that our lives are directed by God gives us comfort and peace and saves us from unnecessary worry. God is a caring God and he doesn’t want us to worry about anything (1 Peter 5:7).
Many people find themselves in a state of perpetual worry. They worry about their future, money, jobs, family and much more.
Putting God first releases you from the burden of constant worry because you know he is in charge of everything concerning your life.
• Giving first priority to things of God is a fulfillment of His commandment of walking in love.
When we spend time in fellowship with God, through his word and prayer, we develop his desires in us. God desires us to walk in love in this world no matter the circumstances.
• Putting God first is also a solid foundation for building a strong spiritual life.
God wants us to be spiritually minded (Romans 8:6). We are not mere flesh and blood but also spiritual beings just like God is. Having a strong spiritual life means that we are no longer slaves of sin and are no longer shackled by the desires of the flesh.
• Seeking God’s kingdom before anything else enables God to be our sole provider.
We no longer feel limited to our resources and ability. We no longer need to chase the things of this world. When we put God first, we discover that he is willing to provide for us (Psalms 37:4).
We also discover that his strength and ability is available for us whenever we need it. We no longer rely on our ability or our resources to achieve our desired goals.
• Finally, giving our maker the first priority in our lives enables us to serve him the right way by being a blessing to others.
You cannot give what you don’t have. When serving God makes you joyful, you can make others joyful as well. If it gives you peace, you are able to bring peace to other people’s lives too. When God has blessed you, you can be a blessing to others.
How to Put God First in your Life.
Putting God first means dedicating our lives into serving him. It means spending time in prayer and studying His word every day.
We can discipline ourselves, knowing that it’s for our benefit, to take some time to fellowship with him. This time of fellowship allows us to receive inspiration and the guidance we need in our lives.
Set aside time when you can get closer to God. This can be early in the morning when you wake up or during the night before you sleep. Giving God the first priority also means consulting with him before making big life decisions.
Putting God first in your life is imperative. Other than salvation, there are very many benefits that arise from having a personal relationship with your maker.
But it requires disciple for us to set aside our busy schedule to spend time with God. Knowing that God has a great plan for our lives is comforting.
Yet, the only way to discover God’s plan for your life is by spending time with him. Letting God direct your steps is the best way to experience his goodness and the only way to find true fulfillment. God is willing to lead you on this incredible journey that is your life