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.
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.
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