In this past month, I’ve been speaking in our services on the topic of First Things First. The challenge is that when we prioritize our lives and put God first, all the other things we are pursuing in life begin to fall into place. For instance, it may be your goal to lose weight in this new year. Yet, we know that goals like these can be huge challenges and we often fail. But instead of making your weight your first priority, what if you made God first? How would this effect your goal and self-discipline to lose weight? I’m convinced it would be the game-changer.
So my question is…Is God first?
One of the major areas that God needs to be first is in our relationships. Let’s face it, some people just make it difficult to love them. Whether it’s a neighbor, co-worker, or even spouse; their selfishness, anger, and pain make them very difficult to love. The problem is that we try to love our way (we expect to get something back) verses God’s way of giving love (“Agape” love – unconditional love). In 1 John 3:14 it says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not have love remains in death.” Some may say that God’s way of showing love is a bit extreme until they realize this is the way that God loves them.
The best way to keep God first in our relationships is to allow the same love that God gives to us to be given to others, EVEN WHEN THEY DON’T DESERVE IT. Your love for God, which is developed through your relationship with Him, enables you to love others more than just a natural love. Through the God’s love we are able to love in even the most impossible relationships and situations.
Make it your focus to put God first in all of your relationships this year. Fall in love with Jesus and allow His love to flow into others.