Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:33
Let us begin today’s reflection with this wonderful admonition from Joyce Meyer: “There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbiesdemands 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 Living Bible Translation tells us this, “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Dear child of God, the position that God occupies in your life’s scale of preference matters a lot. Our career, children, wife, cars, etc., have the capacity of making us believe that we have made it, or have “arrived” but I tell you none of these should occupy the place of God in your life; because they are gifts from Him. As gifts He can decide to take them back or give Satan permission to attack them, as in the case of Job. Therefore, in every aspect of our lives, the place of God cannot be displaced. At the creation of man, He breathed on him the breath of life. That means that this breath of life makes you a living being and an image of God. No one neglects God and still holds a recognized and appreciable position in life. No one who makes God secondary in his or her life becomes the head. A Christian writer observed that the reason the whole world is in confusion today is because man has prioritize created things over the Creator. If God is not where He is supposed to be in our lives, things will not be where they are supposed to be. Thus by prioritizing God, everything in your life will be prioritized. Jesus our Saviour teaches us the most outstanding way to prioritize God in Matthew 26:39, “…Yet not what I want, but what You want.” Jesus teaches us that God must be first even when it is not convenient or palatable to us. At Gethsemane, Jesus wanted the cup of suffering to be taken away from Him, but relied completely on the will of His Father when He said, “Not my will but let Your will be done.” Of course, the will of God prevailed and that is why we are God’s children today. And so In our own daily lives, our dispositions or attitudes must make us act like our Master Jesus whose food is to do the will of the Father. Each day of our lives God should occupy our minds more than anything else. Each time we want to take decisions or carry out an action, the first thing that should come to our mind is “how would God feel?” or “how does this decision affect my relationship with God? Each time we get infuriated by activities of injustices around us, if we had intended to react violently, when we remember God, let the “indignation or anger” that has built up begin to fizzle out. All that we do, the food we eat, the books we read, the places we go, the kind of program we watch on television for instance, is supposed to place God as first, then others. In this case whatever we do is aimed at bringing glory to God. O friend of Jesus, it takes the man of the Spirit to recognize the place of God in his life. This is what John 4:23 tells us, “But a time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering
Him the true worship that He wants.” Dear friend in Christ, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can worship (recognized that God is first and occupies the first position) Him. With keen sensitivity to spiritual realities, we will be able to acknowledge that God is first; first He was, and first shall He be forever and ever. Amen. A Christian writer posits this opinion about putting God first, “The life of a Christian should be characterized by moment-by-moment selfless service to God that flows from love for Him and His people. Any wealth that comes our way should be used to generously give, any success or influence or talents that we have should be used to multiply Christ’s influence and any strength or health we enjoy should be spent in His service.” Really making God first counts for us, we enjoy abundant life in Christ, we become the head and not the tail, the first and not the last, No wonder Brian Houston said, “You will never be second by putting God first.”
Rev. 15: 1-4; Ps 98: 1. 2-3ab. 7-8. 9; (R. Rev 15:3b);Accl Rev 2:10c; Lk 21: 12-19
- CLEMENT I, P. M. & ST. COLUMBAN, US, ABB,
- I adore You O Lord my God, I worship You for Your supremacy forever.
- Take this prayer from Thomas Kempis’ reflection seriously: “Grant, most sweet and loving Jesus, that I may seek my repose in You above every creature; above all health and beauty; above every honour and glory; every power and dignity; above all knowledge and cleverness, all riches and arts, all joy and gladness; above all fame and praise, all sweetness and consolation; above every hope and promise, every merit and desire; above all the gifts and favours that You can give or pour down upon me; above all the joy and exultation that the mind can receive and feel; and finally, above the angels and archangels and all the heavenly host; above all things visible and invisible; and may I seek my repose in You above everything that is not You, my God. For You, O Lord my God, are above all things the best. You alone are most high, You alone most powerful. You alone are most sufficient and most satisfying, You alone most sweet and consoling. You alone are most beautiful and loving, You alone most noble and glorious above all things. In You is every perfection that has been or ever will be. Therefore, whatever You give me besides Yourself, whatever You reveal to me concerning Yourself, and whatever You promise, is too small and insufficient when I do not see and fully enjoy You alone. For my heart cannot rest or be fully content until, rising above all gifts and every created thing; it rests in You.”
Exercise: From today, whatever you are doing, think about how it will affect God first before carrying on.
Memory Verse: Haggai 1:9-11