The main thing has been the main thing since the beginning of time. Way back in Deuteronomy, Moses told his people to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
The main thing.
That’s my reality. When I seriously started putting God first, he helped me be a better mother, a better wife, a better employee, a better boss, a better friend…..a better person.
I know, it sounds like loving God with our whole self is even more stuff to do – seriously studying the Bible, faithfully participating in worship, serving God with my spiritual family, growing a solid prayer life and regularly meeting with others to grow my faith and be encouraged. And I decided to seriously put God first at a time in my life when there was NO extra time for any more things to do. I was a wife and a mother of two little kids who travelled regularly for work. My calendar was stuffed! It’s a good thing I’ve never been very excited about watching TV because I had no time to watch anything – for years.
I found out that this was the perfect time for me to put God first because, as I watched, he supernaturally worked it all out. Very quickly, I felt less stretched, less stressed and more joy. God took my burdens which were very heavy and gave me peace and purpose – he filled a hole in my life that I wasn’t even aware I had.
I had been a Christian my whole life but I had never let God have first place in my life. Putting God first made all of the rest easier – and more fun!
If you’ve made that commitment, you know what I mean. If you’ve never done this, you want to go for it. It’s worth it.
It’s true – I still struggle sometimes and get my priorities mixed up. But now I know where to go for peace and restoration. My Abba Father is always waiting, ready to help.
A huge area where we need his help is identified in the next verses in Deuteronomy – teaching our children, passing this life of faith. This command comes right after the command to love God first.
It’s our responsibility.
And not just to our own children but also to the children of our spiritual family – the next generation. We all play a part in passing our faith down to those that are coming down this path of faith behind us.
There are lots of ways to do this. We can lead classes at church, support and lead youth activities, participate in and lead Bible study groups, disciple others and mentor others – just to name a few.
It’s not a suggestion from God. It’s a command.
May we be found faithful, Abba Father.