As Christians, we tend to put our children, wives, husbands, reputation and even our business first before God and not relying on His will for our lives. Sadly, there is simply not enough time for God and everyone is scrambling to find their way in life. Think for a moment about the impossibility of God’s command and of the standard He sets for us. When we do not follow His commands, it is a sin. If we are honest, we know that there has never been a moment where any of us have completely followed God’s commands. In Proverbs 3:6, the scripture tells us that “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success,” meaning if we put God first before our jobs and family life, He will bless us because of our efforts.
As believers, we all love God to some degree, but we never succeed in loving Him with all of our being at every moment, as His word suggests we should. In Jesus’ life, on the other hand, there was never a moment where He was not loving God with all of His being. The only way we can do what He did, in some sense, is to become completely like Him. Knowing that Jesus’ life was perfect in regard to putting God first, we should look at the way He lived His life and imitate Him, attempting to walk in the manner that He walked. This should be an example to all believers. The time, resources, energy, gifts, and knowledge of God that we have been given should be used not to gain influence, make money, or fuel pride, but instead to multiply glory for His kingdom and save souls that are lost, so we can trust in God to protect us and provide for us.
So, my dear friends, it is imperative that we put God first in everything we do and trust in Him. Conversely, the life of a Christian should be characterized by moment-by-moment with selfless service to God that flows from love for Him and His people. That is what it means to put God first. Any wealth that comes our way should be used to give generously, any success, influence or talents that we have should be used to multiply Christ’s influence, and any strength or health we enjoy should be spent in God’s service.
Remember, God will bless you more abundantly!