I have struggled to write this post for days. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t make a post on this blog for the past week because I got stalked on this one.
My relationship with God or should I say fellowship with God is in a place I am not proud of right now. I am a work in progress and this makes me deeply grateful to God for being patient with me.
With so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our work, business, blog, family, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. How do you keep your relationship with God from being pushed down to the last/least thing you want to do? How do you make time for God in your daily busy schedule?
Before now, I used to use the ‘make God your #1 priority everyday’ advice. Then I thought it was about putting God first on my to-do list, assigning 1-3 hours a day to spend time with Him and checking it off my to-do list. After reading Joyce Meyer’s book on spending time with God and a couple of related post and materials, I discovered that making God the priority in my life was way beyond putting Him first on my to-do list.
So, in this post, I am not going to encourage you to ‘put God first’ or make Him your #1 priority.
God is too important to be just your first priority.
He doesn’t want a fragment of your time, He wants everything… the entire 24hours.
He doesn’t want to be something you just do and tick off a to-do list, He wants to be in and part of everything you do.
He wants to be your first, last and everything in between.
Making God your #1 and first priority means there are many other things in your life that has nothing to do with Him and you do not want Him to be a part of.
When God is your first priority, He might get 1 or 2 hours a day. But then real life kicks in, and you’re back to the grind, trying to take care of all those other priorities you neglected while you were giving God your best. And then He becomes the last thing on the list or the one you only go to after you’ve taken care of everything else. This is what happened to me.
God was my #1 priority. I’ll give Him 3 hours of my day (morning mostly), but when my life came crashing down and schedules became tight, and I had to work twice as hard to get everything back in place, I unintentionally pushed God aside. Why did this happen? Because those things became my top priorities and God took the back seat.
Spending time with God is important, and since most of us do it far too little, it is good to schedule it until it becomes a habit.
But I also understood that doing the things I was doing to get my life back in order was part of loving God.
I don’t think God is surprised that you only have 24 hours in your day. I don’t think He is surprised that things happen to us that makes us push Him off our to-do list. Sure, you might need to sacrifice some things or disappoint some people in order to serve God faithfully. But there must be a way of loving God completely in the amount of time you’ve been given.
It’s not God first and then we get on with the rest of our lives. Rather God is all in all. He is and should be in everything and in every way a part of our daily living.
We are to live every day with an awareness of the presence and power of God. “‘For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Our Lord is worthy of our attention in everything we do, in everything we say, and in everything we think.
God wants more than just the top line of your priority list. He wants the whole list.
He doesn’t want to be sequestered to a single part of your life. He wants to be the substance of every part, the logic behind every choice you make.
Whether you’re singing a worship song or taking a nap, whether it’s family time or work time, God wants His kingdom to be your ultimate goal.
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
That right there is the goal.
Make God more than a priority in your life and on your list. Give Him more than just a fragment of your day.
Give Him everything.
He wants to be a part of everything.