As Believers in Jesus Christ, it is our duty to become more like Him and to always keep God first on our list. In my song, 'He Comes First', I talk about some pretty sentimental things we all experience in life. Whether it's family issues, having an intense career that takes up most of your time or desiring more out of life. In spite of our human experiences, we must keep God first and stay faithful to Him. After all, He is very faithful to us. On my Instagram, I shared four ways of putting God first, below I go a little more in-depth.
1. Take care of our community and home.
We are blessed to have a place to live and communities to thrive in. It's a comfortable life to live if you have basic necessities like a home, cars, food, and access to resources. We can put God first in this area by taking care of our home and community. Are there some rundown buildings in your area? Or trash all over the park? We might grumble, "People are so trashy, someone needs to pick this up." But what if God wants us to do it if it bothers us so much? We can show our gratitude to God for His provision, by organizing a way to clean up our communities. It has been said that home is our first ministry.
2. Helping The Homeless
There are so many homeless people in our nation right now. Over 580, 000 according to 2020 stats. I especially loved this picture I shared because it represents that even though we are in a prosperous nation, there are still people who need our help. We can put God first by helping that person we see on the corner. Think what would Jesus do and whisper a prayer for them. There is power in prayer.
3. Volunteering to Serve Those In Need
This is similar to the above, except this person is actually giving their time to serve others. And, she's doing it with a smile! We can put God first by giving our time to serving someone who may not be as privileged. Those times when we could be binge-watching a Netflix series could also be spent taking someone home from work or volunteering at your local food kitchen. Whoever it may be that lacks something that you have, you could stand in the gap and help them get what they need.
4. Lend a Helping Hand to a Friend
It seems that good friends come scarce nowadays, but that doesn't have to be us. We can put God first by giving a friend a helping hand, maybe they haven't fallen physically, but spiritually and mentally. The Bible says in Galatians 6:2, "carry each other's burdens, and in this way, we will fulfill the Law of Christ." Is there a friend you've been pressing the ignore button on? Call them. Listen to their feelings and encourage them to keep moving forward. That's what Jesus would do for us and that's something He always does when we pray to Him.
I hope this has been a blessing to you and helped you think about ways you can put God first. As human beings in a fallen world, we are first selfish before we are selfless. Only Christ can make us new and help us become better people, and help us love our neighbors as ourselves. We might not always feel like doing things that "inconvenience" us, but once we do it, we feel better.