When my son was born I thought I could love nothing more than I love him. Cradling him in my arms and then watching him grow from month to month was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My world revolved completely around him. His nap schedule, his needs, his wants.
Caring for my son Jude directed my thoughts so much that I knew I needed to give him a better life – and that is how I started going to church. I gave my life to Christ after a sermon series my pastor did called, “Men of Honor”, which talked about being the spiritual leaders of the home. Since there was no man in our home, I knew I had to step up to the task of being a spiritual leader.
But that decision meant that my world had to stop revolving around Jude, and start revolving around God. In order to be the best mom I could be, I had to place God at the center of my life, and make Him my highest priority.
Some people’s lives revolve around relationships, money, their children, the gym, their job, or their pets. But what happens if something severs your relationships? If you lose your job and your finances aren’t what they were? When your children grow up and move out of the home? If you suffer an injury and are no longer able to exercise or play sports the way you use to?
God is the only never-changing constant in life. If we put Him at the center, we have a solid foundation to lean on.
But in this crazy busy world where everything and everyone is begging for your attention how do we make sure God is the center of our lives? By spending time with Him by reading His word, praying, going to church, singing Him praises, and always keeping Him in our thoughts. We also need to make sure we are putting these things BEFORE the things of the world.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” Colossians 3:1-4.
Are you watching hours of television when you haven’t even opened up God’s word yet today? Television > God.
Are you consistently skipping church on the weekends so your child can be involved in little league games? Little League > God.
I am not saying these things to try to shame you, because I’ve been there. I also realize we are all growing and are at different points in our walk with God. I still struggle sometimes. There are some mornings I wake up and flip through Facebook before reading my morning devotional. And what am I saying on those mornings? Facebook > God. Facebook doesn’t have the power to change me and save me, God does. So I know I should be giving my time to Him instead, because of my love for Him and because I want Him to be in the center of my life.
Having God at the center of your life will change the way you look at the world. You will begin receiving the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And it will grow your relationship with Him tremendously.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for wanting a relationship with us so we may get to know You better. Please help me keep you at the center of my life and not allow me to be distracted by the busyness of the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Discussion: What are some ways you had found to keep God at the center of your life?
This month we are talking about Developing a Faith that Flourishes. To see my other posts in this series please click here.