I often hear people talk about how they want to “put God first in my life”. This is a good desire. However, these same people often succeed in putting God first but are disappointed by a lack of transformation in their lives. How could this be?
The problem lies in putting God on our lists. He is far too big, too good, too powerful, and too majestic to be made a bullet point on our tiny list of daily accomplishments. God should not just take top priority in our lives to be checked off our to-do list after we’ve spent some time praying and reading Scripture, and then moved away from, as all of us have a tendency to do. No, transformation comes as a result of something different. When God becomes a central priority in our lives is when life truly begins to change. The good news of the gospel is relevant to every area of life. Therefore, as we allow that good news to become central as opposed to just first, we begin to see the implications of the gospel for our lives in many different situations.
God is far too big, too good, too powerful, and too majestic to be made a bullet point on our tiny list of daily accomplishments.
In a sense, putting God “first” in our lives attempts to make him work for us. In that view, God is a part of our story, as opposed to us being a part of His story. It seeks to make God orbit around us, whereas we should be seeking to have our lives orbit around Him, just as the Earth orbits the Sun.