God First

I’m a goal setter. I feel like I’m not getting anywhere in life or getting anything done without my goals written down and a todo list on my desk. Some are specific and others are very broad; some I can simply check the box when I’ve completed them, and some are life habits.

As senior year approaches I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want this year to look. I want to work hard in school to get those A’s. I want to strive to be the best athlete I can be and score low in tournaments. I want to be more creative, embrace opportunities, seize the moment, invest in people, be a leader, encourage others, and here’s a funny one, smile more šŸ™‚

Whatever your goals are or whatever you want to achieve as each year goes by, I just want to encourage you, believers, to always put Jesus Christ first and foremost in your life. Life gets busy, and it can be hard sometimes to make time for God and strengthening your relationship with Him when school, time with friends, extracurricular activities, work and just life seems to keep pulling you away. But let me remind you, don’t settle for the temporary. Don’t loose sight of eternity and what really matters to God.

So what is our #1 goal in life as Christians? Here it is:Ā So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to pleaseĀ him. -2 Corinthians 5:9

How are we to glorify God? I’ve collected some verses that I think are great reminders of how we can do just that.

1. Simply spend time with Jesus

Luke 10:41-42 says,

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away fromĀ her.”

Jesus rebuked Martha for being distracted on the work she was doing while he praised Mary for simply sitting at his feet and listening to his teaching. Hardly anything lasts in this world, therefore, we can’t afford to put Jesus on the back burner of our life. Jesus says we have a choice, so let’s choose the good portion that can never be taken away.

2. Do what Jesus would do

Ephesians 5:1-2 reminds us,

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3. Pursue Christ above all else

In Philippians 3:7-8 Paul says,

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”

Nothing you pursue in life could be of greater value than getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ. Realize what a treasure it is that you know the one true, holy, and good God and that you have a relationship with Him. Treasure that relationship.

Thank goodness this isn’t about earning God’s favor. There is nothing you could do to make God love you any more or less. But this is about living for Him and putting Him first in our lives because we owe Him everything. Always “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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