Are you a list maker? We seem to be a list society. Some of us keep lists on computers. Others keep lists in a little spiral book. Some have fancy day timers and still others may write a quick list on their hand. We seem to be such a busy, active society that we must write everything down so that we can “check items off” as completed. Some of us even do that when we go on vacation. We plan out every day, with every activity and it the end of the day we check off those things that we accomplished.
We are encouraged to set goals for ourselves in our education, in our career and even in our relationships. We are urged to be involved in organizations, societies, athletics, exercise gyms, and volunteer organizations. We take on Parent-Teacher Organizations, Band Boosters, choir, study groups, cooking classes, or other “for fun” classes and with each activity or responsibility comes either a new list of priorities or at least an item on one of the other priority lists.
Our days are often so active that we not only need a list of the things we wish to do during our day, but we must also have a calendar to organize our time – meetings we must attend, places we must go, people we must see. We even schedule time to organize our priority lists!
As you think about all the lists in your daily life, I wonder where you have placed God on your list of priorities. Is He the last thing on your list when you are so tired at the end of your day, that you fall asleep talking with Him or reading His Word? Is He somewhere scattered throughout the day sandwiched between other priorities maybe as a quick prayer or reading break? Is time with God even on your priority list?
Scripture tells us that as Christians we are to put God first in our lives – FIRST – “preceding all others in time, order, or importance”
– Wow! PRECEDING – “to surpass in rank, dignity, or importance” ”
– ALL OTHERS – that means everyone and everything!
God is to come before our husband, our wife, our parents, our children, our grandchildren, our family members, and our friends; before everyone we know. God is to come before our own desires. God is to come before our jobs, our hobbies, our wants, our tasks; before any item on our lists.
I have found that the most wonderful days of my life, are those days when God is in His rightful place on all my lists – FIRST before all things.
“Jesus replied, “Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”
Matthew 19:28 The Message
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
Matthew 22:37 The Message
Father, may we always remember to put you first so that we may experience the abundant life that you have planned for us each day.
In Jesus Name
Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 09/28/07 — Posted 5/8/2012