Is God the “number 1 priority” in your life? Christians are accustomed to hearing this question leveled at them in sermons, books, and retreats. Most of us have the general sense that God isn’t as high a priority in our lives as He should be. But what does it mean to make God our top priority?
In this devotional from the Delve Into Jesus archives, Michael Lane writes about what it means to make God a priority in your life… but it’s not what you think. Making God your “top priority” isn’t a matter of increasing your time spent in prayer, Bible study, and church. It means allowing God to guide and direct you in everything you do during the day, whether you’re memorizing the book of Ephesians or changing the oil in your Subaru.
Spending time with God in prayer, reading His word and worshiping with other believers are all extremely important, but you must be aware of your intentions when you engage in these activities. If you read a chapter of the Gospel before bed, does it feel like you can now scratch “read the Bible” off your list of chores? During daily prayer time, do you feel a nagging urge to rush through it so that you can move on to other things?
Consider that if you set God as one among many priorities in your life, then obviously you are the one setting priorities, not God. As contrary as it may sound, God does not want to be a priority in our lives. He does not even want to be our first priority. He wants to be the One who sets the priorities.
“Is God a priority in your life?” is a good question. But more important is the question, “Does God set the priorities in your life?” How would you answer?