KEY VERSE: Ex 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me.”
KEY THOT: God must be number 1 in our life priority.
This first commandment is the foundation of our personal, family and society’s spiritual and moral foundation. We are created by God and for God. He is to have first priority in our personal, professional and ministry life. Nothing must substitute God as our life's highest priority—not money, not career, not congregation, not even family or self. Jesus himself laid this supreme condition of love for him above everything else: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 10:37-39).
We must constantly guard against making any person or thing or activity an idol more important than God. Spending time with God is one priority we must maintain to keep my focus on God, not on our recreational activity, our ministry or work. That does not mean we make no time for our spouses or family. Just that none of these good things from God must take priority over God Himself.
Father, help me always put You first by making time for You as a matter of priority. May Your kingdom agenda be my life agenda. Help me to also enjoy spending time in Your presence too. Amen.