Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:33, 34). The Lord was telling those who want to follow Him that they must put God first in their lives.
Yet often people place other things before God. It is like things have become their “god” and they must worship at the “shrine of things”. If asked do they worship idols these same people would say no, but they are guilty of idolatry without even knowing what they are doing. Jesus told the following parable, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16 – 21). Christians must see the importance of God being first in all they do, every day. This man forgot that all the things he had came from God.
God had blessed him, but he chose to put what he believed he had done was why he was blessed. Had God been first in his life that idea would have never come to mind.
Jesus taught that man is to take care of physical things that are needed but not to the extent of putting those things above God. God means for man to provide for his family, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Tim. 5:8). The apostle Paul wrote, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Tim. 6:10). Money itself is not wicked, but the love of money above the love of God is wicked. Keeping God first will help one to avoid this trap of loving money.
Every person puts God somewhere in their life, even those who say they do not believe in God, for they have put God outside their life. Those who claim to be followers of God must, as Jesus taught, put God first. It is something that must be worked at because the world is full of distractions that try to take the place of God.
When one looks at what God has done, they should want to put Him first, and that is where He wants to be in everyone’s life.