Putting God FIRST
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Putting God FIRST
I was recently on vacation with my husband and during the 10 days we were away, I learned an important lesson. My day goes so much better when I give God the FIRST fruits of my day.
At home I have a habitual practice of giving God the FIRST fruits of my day. I don’t even have to think about it. Before I even get out of bed in the morning, I like to get a devo time in with God. Before I head off to work, I make time for prayer and declarations of faith.
What I discovered on vacation, I found myself jumping right into the preparations for the places we were going to see and the people we planned to meet. I lost sight of giving the Word FIRST place in the day. Shockingly, I saw my actions and my words did not always exercise grace, patience, and temperance. After the third day (yes that’s right, it took that long to figure out what was happening), I could not wait to get up early, so I could have that quiet time with God. It is amazing to me how much better my demeanor was, I flowed in grace and mercy for others and had this overflowing love for my husband.
When it comes to our everyday habits, it’s important to ask: Am I putting God FIRST? Matthew 6:33 reminds us to “Seek (aim at and strive after) FIRST of all His Kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing an being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” AMP
It can be easy to put ourselves…or our family…or our friends…or activities FIRST. But when we put everything else ahead of the Lord, we will find ourselves missing out on the fullness of life He wants to bring us.
Trying to work God in our schedule doesn’t work. We will find we will never have the time. Our intentions are good, but it is always too easy to procrastinate to make time later.
Matthew 11:28 says we are to “Come to Jesus!” It is that simple. Forming a habit of putting God FIRST in everything we do begins with a decision and followed through by action.
When He is FIRST in your day, our schedule works around putting God FIRST.
The result? 2 Timothy 3:16 says it best “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” MSG
Need help getting started with giving God the FIRST fruits of your day? I would recommend taking some time, even if it is just five or ten minutes, in the morning to talk with God in prayer and read His Word. God is ready to meet you and give you the grace and strength you need for the rest of your day.
To form a habit of spending time with God FIRST thing in your day, start small, stay consistent and go from there.
Psalm 69:32 “You who seek God, inquiring for and requiring Him [as your first need], let your hearts revive and live!” AMP
Let’s finish the year strong with putting God FIRST in our life!
Praying God will fill your Thanksgiving season with the warmth of His love and the blessings of His care. God Bless You This Thanksgiving!