Have you thought about your priorities this New Year? Is it your goal to put family first, to get out of debt, to plan for a trip, or to spend more time on self-care?
How about prioritizing your relationship with God so that Jesus becomes your first love? Jesus is the Only One who satisfies and therefore, the only relationship that will never disappoint.
Scripture promises that when we seek Him first--and His righteousness--all the other things we want and strive for will fall into place (Matthew 6:33).
Here are some ways that you can do to make Jesus your first love and priority.
1. Tell Him First
Jesus is always available to you. We know, from Scripture that He is the One who hears our cry. (Psalm 18:6, 40:1).
Tell Jesus all that’s on your heart and mind before telling anyone else. Of course, He already knows whatever it is you’re going to say. But by making a point of telling Him first, you are -reaffirming to Him--and to yourself--that He is the single most important One in your life.
2. Take Him Seriously
He’s a great God. And He does wonderful things for us. But there are certain things He asks of us as well. Most of it is not to do anything, but to be someone--a person who loves Him more than any other. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).
Are you taking that seriously and loving Him more than any other? It’s a pretty tall order, but Jesus was serious when He said it. Jesus also said “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).
Are you taking His commands seriously? That’s the kind of devotion and loyalty God wants from us.
Taking God seriously is prioritizing our lives in such a way that He gets the first and best of our time. We live in a world of so many distractions.
If God doesn’t get your time, somebody else will. Take Him seriously by prioritizing your life so that anything that takes time away from Him isn’t worth your time.
Take Him seriously and you’ll find your life reflects that of a Jesus-follower and Jesus-lover, not merely a Christ-claimer.
3. Trust Him Fully
Circumstances will come your way that you don’t understand. To trust God fully means to trust in His Word and His Character and His promises like Rom. 8:28 – that He causes all things (even the bad things) to work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Trusting Him fully is daily taking to Him your greatest fears – the death of a child, the loss of a spouse, the loss of a dream?--and placing them at His feet and saying “God, no matter what happens in my life today, nothing comes between You and me.”
If God can take care of your eternal life, He can take care of your everyday life and your emotional life, as well. Be the person who clings to Him when the trouble comes and leans into His everlasting arms to hold you up.
4. Treasure His Word
Jesus has written loving words to us in His living Word. His many love letters are evident in the songs and promises of Scripture.
Read His Word. Study it, memorize it, and meditate on it. A woman who delights in the Word of God loves to repeat it, reflect on it, teach it to others, and talk about it. A woman shows her love for the Word through her lifestyle, her actions, her daily choices.
5. Talk of Him Constantly
Start talking about Jesus and don’t stop. Talk about Who He is, what He’s done in your life, who you were before you met Him, and how you’re so much better off now that He’s the center of your life.
When Jesus is first in your heart, a river of praise for Him will flow from your mouth (Proverbs 4:23).
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