How often do we actually place God first in our lives? Perhaps we worship God on Sunday, and occasionally midweek for a total of no more than 4 hours a week. What is sad is that most think that is too much time to devote to God. So what does God expect out of us when it comes to our time?
In Our Life
From the first moments of our existence to the last breath we take, our life is centered around us. We feed, and clothe our bodies with the best we can afford. When we are sick we seek the best medical treatment from any source available to us.
Yet, how often do we care for our soul? How often do we feast off of the bible by reading, studying, and learning God’s Word. 1 Tim 4:13ff; 2 Tim 2:15; Mt 11:29 David said his soul thirsted for God. Ps 42:2; Job said he treasured the words of God’s mouth
more than his necessary food. Job 23:12 When we increase in the knowledge of God we grow spiritually, and are able not only to save ourselves, but all those who seek to be saved. Col 1:9,10ff; 1 Pet 2:2; 1 Tim 4:16
Imagine to have God clothe us with His righteousness and salvation. Isa 61:10 This He does when we obey the gospel of Christ. Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ “
Most turn to doctors like a baby turns to their mother when they are sick. How often do we as Christians turn to God for our deliverance? 2 Chron 33:12 Even doctors will testify that it’s not them that cures anyone, but God. How often do we forget the great physician in prayer for our deliverance? Ps 103:2,3 Have we become faithless in a generation that has forgotten God? Ps 44:20,21 Are we calling God a liar? Rom 3:4 Did He promise, and not deliver? Rom 4:21f; Josh 21:45 Didn’t the apostle James write, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14,15 What part of that promise is ambiguous or deceptive?
Jesus made it perfectly clear with his sermon on the mount. Jesus said,
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on”….If God who takes care of the birds of the air, and the lilies of the field__HE WILL TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN! … “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt 6:25-34f; Mt 10:28-30
In Service To God
We give ourselves our quality time, and give God our pastime. If we showed up for work 4 hours a week would we not be fired? If we offered our families only 4 hours a week, would they not consider themselves abandoned? As David wrote, “But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me.” Ps 81:11
We offer God 4 hours a week, and that grudgingly. David was glad to be in the House of the Lord. Ps 122:1 Are we? If we were serious about our salvation would we not be banging at the doors of God’s congregation at every available opportunity? Would we not be seeking ways to make ourselves available to do the work of the church instead of avoiding it?
If your house was getting dilapidated would you not repair it? If your young children sought to run away, would you not go after them with love and open arms? Yet, the House of God loses members daily, and no one seems to even care.
The work of the church doesn’t just belong to elders and deacons, and preachers, but unto all brethren. We must be willing to assist them, and encourage them, and help them daily. Jesus said it as plainly as one can when he said, “The harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Mt 9:37,38
Let us as Christians place God first in our lives. This means giving up our time, our wealth, and our talents to God, and to the furtherance of the gospel daily. Jesus made it very clear that no one can serve two masters, both God and wealth. Mt 6:24 We have to choose which kingdom to which we belong: the kingdom of the world or the kingdom of God. Joshua said, Choose you this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Josh 24:15 Our answer is revealed in whom we put first in our lives. When we put the world first, we get the world’s consolation. Lk 6:24 When we put God FIRST, our soul will LAST an eternity.