“God is #1” (When I’m not busy)

 AAEAAQAAAAAAAALUAAAAJDUyMDAxN2MyLTQ1MzQtNGY4Ny05YTYzLThlMDNmZWZiMjE2Yg.jpg

The god of busyness

Parents have approached me in the multiple youth groups that I have lead in regards to their kids. “Could you talk to my kid?”

“My kid is becoming distant.”

“They don’t want to come to church.”

“They don’t wake up in the morning with me to go to church.”

“They just lack that motivation to go to youth group.”

I usually follow up with the question, “Do you tell them they have to go?” They usually counter with something along the lines of, “I just don’t want to make them go to church; I want them to choose to go on their own.”

I then ask, “Well, what are they doing instead.” They then respond by talking about the variety of sports events they are involved with, the vacations that are going on, and family time they are having. Sports, vacations, and family are not inherently bad activities.

“I want them to choose to go on their own” – what a bad idea. My pastor said it this way, “We don’t allow our kids to choose to do the critical things in life. They have to go to the doctor. They have to go to school. Why would they not have to go to church? Is their spiritual education not 1000% more important? Spiritual education can lead to your salvation and eternity.”

If you ain’t first, you’re last

Pretty much the only quote I would recommend listing to or watching from Talladega Nights is, “If you ain’t first you’re last.” Here is the clip. Although I consider most of this movie vulgar and inappropriate, I think Will Farrel is on to something.

I think we get confused with our priorities. Oftentimes we stay busy, throw in ‘God time’once or twice a month, and then call it even. But, God is CLEAR that this isn’t how this works.

 

Proverbs 3:6 “in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths righteous.

Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

 

God is either first or He is last. There is a funny satire piece on Babylonbee.com that talks about a parent confused by their child’s lack of faith. (Read it HERE it’s hilarious.) They go once a quarter but yet their child does not have a fire and passion for their faith in Jesus.

Did you notice that the Proverbs said in ALL of your ways acknowledge Him? Did you notice that Deuteronomy said love Hime with ALL of your heart, and ALL of your soul, and ALL of your strength?

What is your story? Is Christ first in your family? Or, is God an afterthought when you have gotten everything done?

I have a challenge for you this week; Put God first. That could look differently for everyone. But, I’ll leave you with this last scripture that is a good rule of thumb to determine if you are putting God first.

John 3:30 says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Our motto at Fort Bend Fellowship is to “Know Christ and Make Him Known.” Our goal each and every day is to make Him known to each and every individual that we come in contact with. All we want to do is let our God increase. Make that your challenge this week.

So, make this your challenge this week:

Allow yourself to decrease so Christ may increase, make Christ known to everyone you come in contact with, and put God first.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/would-you-follow-your-leadership-style-busyness-michael-frogge

Why I Read the Bible Every Day…

Here are 10 reasons that I read the Bible every day:

  1. To feed my soul.

    Every day we feed our body which only lives 80 or so years(If we live a long time). How much more should we feed our souls which will exist forever?

  2. To get answers.

    It is God-Breathed and can answer so many questions that philosophers have tried to answer.

  3. For wisdom.

    The Bible makes us wiser. This book gives us advice on money, love, parenting and much more.

  4. To win the battle.

    To Help fight temptation and sin. The Bible has plenty of scripture that can help you when you need it the most.

  5. To know and love God better.

    It builds your relationship with God. Reading the Bible gives us insight and a better understanding of who God is.

  6. To change me.

    It can literally change your entire life. Instead of looking for a self-help book, look at what the Bible has to say about what’s going on in your life.

  7. To get peace and hope.

    The Bible can give you peace and hope. The Bible is full of stories that demonstrate God’s power, trustworthiness, and grace.

  8. To understand God’s will for my life.

    The Bible can help with the direction of your life and how to best serve the Lord.

  9. The Bible can excite you.

    I have personally found many scriptures that have brought forth clear and vivid emotions.

  10. Lastly, it’s hard to be at your best if you are NOT reading the Bible.

    My best days are whenever I remember and read about God’s grace.