Putting God First

Putting God First

Q: Jesus said that the way to be happy and successful in life is to “seek first the kingdom of God,” but how is that possible today? How can I lead a God-centered life, do more than survive in this materialistic world, and still be me?

A: Yes, it is possible to do all three of those things–and it’s not as hard as you probably imagine.

The first step is to assess your values and goals in life. Put pen to paper. Be honest.

To “seek first the kingdom of God” means to bring your priorities in line with God’s, so the next step is to know what God’s priorities are. What would He like to see you do? Many people stop here because they expect God to ask something impossibly difficult or sacrificial of them. They would probably be pleasantly surprised if they knew how simple and clear the Bible is on that, and how attainable it is:

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Galatians 5:14 NIV).

Yes, living for those things isn’t always easy and may involve some initial sacrifices, but they are sacrifices that are soon more than repaid. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

God wants to give you not just the good life, but the best life there is!

It’s also important to clear up another common misconception: While it’s true that the Bible doesn’t define success in terms of material comfort and gain, God isn’t against material success; it’s what people do with their success that matters to Him. The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil, as 1 Timothy 6:10 is so often misquoted; it is “the love of money” that’s to blame. God will be more than happy to bless you materially if you will use those blessings to “do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” In fact, the Bible promises, “Delight yourself … in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4), and “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

And what about the third part of your question: Can you still be “you”?–Yes, only you’ll be a happier, more focused, and more fulfilled you. God made you to be a unique expression of His love. He’s not going to spoil that, but rather improve on it!

God wants to give you not just the good life, but the best life there is! It’s within His power to give it to you, but you’ve got to want it too. When your values are in line with God’s values and you let His priorities become your priorities, it’s a win-win situation!

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  1. October 18, 2016, 4:51 pm   /  Reply

    God is true to all His promises I did something that changed my life from just a middle class businesswoman to a high successful woman when I gave out a piece of land I purchased for my business to church building since then I never lack for both land and capital for my business putting God first is a lovely undertaken that brings peace and lovely relationship between God and His children

    • February 10, 2017, 10:42 am   /  Reply

      Loved reading about your tithing, just awesome!

  2. Charmaine Braxton
    March 12, 2017, 1:39 am   /  Reply

    I am so thankful to be able to read about God’s will for my life it’s very simple it’s not complicated at all put God first, he wants us to bring all our troubles and concerns to him ,trust and faith believing in what we cannot see,seek him first in Jesus Name.

  3. Jeff
    April 3, 2017, 9:16 pm   /  Reply

    Do GOD put unsavory people in your life to test you. And if so how do you know win the test is over

    • Laura Cunningham
      September 7, 2017, 5:50 am   /  Reply

      Good question. I would like to know the answer to this one too. Especially the bit about when do we know when the test is over. Very good question

  4. Kamal
    April 12, 2017, 12:14 am   /  Reply

    Our greater lord always gives never demands and that is his sacred love for our mankind or our people..God always hide his efforts from us in all pages of life and that is his sacred love for mankind or our people..Lord always accept everthing what we pay him as the obeyer and that is his sacred love for our mankind or our people..Lord is one who forgive us in each way,shows mercy and that is his sacred love for our mankind or our people..God sent his biggest creation in form of human on earth and we are unable forever to be thankfull for the wisdom he gives us to understand his love…

    • Julie
      November 27, 2017, 10:07 am   /  Reply

      Dear Jamal you wrote “God sent his biggest creation in form of human on earth” Dear friend if you are referring to Jesus you are incorrect. Jesus, the son of God is fully God, fully man. Jesus our Lord and Savior is not a created being, God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, known as the Godhead.

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  6. July 30, 2017, 12:11 am   /  Reply

    Why won’t God answer my prayer? My granddaughter ( whose biological father) has nothing to do with her is living with her mother with an abusive alcoholic
    My daughter has cut Eveyone of her family out of her life. Macey ( my granddaughter is scared of Mike who my daughter (kelly ) left with almost 2 Yeats ago. We have no phone number ,no address only know they live 12 hours away in Meridian,Idaho.I know this is affecting Macey who loved us,her Aunts ,Uncles and cousins.I have prayed without ceaseing,fasted,studied scriptures and nothing. Macey is going to be damaged emotionally. Lynn

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