1 Corinthians 10:31——Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
There are so many things that clamour for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.
The first of the Ten Commandments states we will have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be?
Anything can become a god to us—anything we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even our feelings can become a god if we allow them to control us. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I bowing down to God and His Word or to my feelings?”
Another challenge we have to confront is living in a world full of humanism and people not wanting God and His Truth to interfere with their lives and routines. It seems we have an epidemic of selfishness in our world today, and this creates all kinds of unhealthy situations.
For example, when people refuse to honour God and follow His wisdom in their decisions, it causes them to become bogged down with worry, resentment and bitterness. Eventually, it shows up as sickness and disease in their bodies. And in our culture, this behaviour causes a decline in our moral standards and attitudes.
But the good news is, we don’t have to settle for this way of living. In Christ, we can enjoy our lives—abundantly! (John10:10).
Every part of our being is for the glory of God. God has given us our life, time, resources and with all that God has given us, we have to glorify Him. Whatever we do should give glory to God. Do we do what we do for Gods glory or our own?
Secondly, when we seek God, we do so to receive His guidance and His ways. A loyal servant will never do what he wants but waits for his master’s order. St. Paul always sought God but never sought material wealth. He was seeking God for instruction and direction; he was completely willing to submit to God.
Third, when a person is seeking God we are governed by the kingdom’s rules. Do we seek God for His ways, or do we seek only the blessings from God? Those who seek the blessings and not His Ways are always frustrated in life.
When you decide to serve God with your whole heart and make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and peace will increase. Remember to lean on Him more than anything else, and tell Him, “God, I want to do this, but I can’t do it without You.” He doesn’t expect you to live for Him in your own strength or ability, and He understands when you make mistakes.
WHEN WE PUT GOD FIRST, ALL OTHER THINGS FALL INTO THEIR PROPER PLACE