Making the Main Thing, the Main Thing
There was this couple at my church that had it all together, they clearly had made God the main thing in their lives. I watched them. Admired them from afar. Wanted to be them.
Have you ever been there? Maybe you’re there now. That couple, that had God first, seemed to be leaps and bounds above where I was spiritually. From where I was standing, they were the epitome of what it meant to be a Christian. I didn’t understand that my perception probably made them greater than they were. That I really had no idea where they were in their relationship with God, I just knew what I saw at church on Sunday.
It didn’t really matter, in the long run, what unrealistic perception I had of them. What did matter, however, was how my perception of them drove me to move God into a higher place in my life.
It hit me that if I didn’t change something, I would never get there, and that I needed to start somewhere. As much as I hated it, I had to admit that I didn’t even think about God or Jesus much. So, I decided to do something about it; He would become the main thing I would think about.
I needed and wanted God to be my main thing.
I decided to begin by writing Jesus on several sheets of paper. “Jesus,” rather than “God,” just seemed a little bit more personal to me at that time in my life. I put the sheets all over the place. I was home more than anywhere, as I was a mother of three, and two of them were still in diapers. So, I put them all over the house.
Pretty soon, I had Jesus on my mind all the time. He was right there when the joys of motherhood brought tears to my eyes, as well as when the tears weren’t from a happy place. He was there in front of me as I swept the floors and washed the dishes. Every time I turned around, He was there in the front of my mind. Smiling with me, crying with me. Picking me up and cheering me on.
Making God the main thing is an intentional pursuit, it doesn’t just happen.
In Luke 12:29-32, Jesus tell his disciples to stop worrying about the things they need in this life, but to put God as their main concern, and they’d have their needs met. And verse 32 particularly blesses me, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God WANTS to bless us, and all He wants from us is for us to give Him place in our daily lives.
What does it mean to make Him the main thing? It means He is at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom of my list. I’m aware of His presence constantly and remember to thank Him for it regularly. When circumstances come my way and I need Him to carry me through, I know that He is.
I can see God in every single thing I do or am a part of. When I’m running my fingers around on the piano, He is with me. When I lift paint brush to canvas, He is there guiding my hands. When I drive down the road, or push the cart through the store, He is there.
Why you should consider where God is in your life.
When you make Him the main thing in your life, you find joy in even the most tiresome or uninteresting things in your life. It’s comforting to know He is with you while you do the ordinary day to day cycle of life. If you know He is there for all the small things, you’re prepared for the big, hard things, because you know He is there, too.
When He becomes greater, your faith becomes stronger. Your attitudes begin to change and you start getting answers to questions you’ve had about your life. You start to see yourself through different eyes, the eyes of the Almighty. Your whole world changes.
A few tips to getting God up that rung so that He becomes the Main Thing:
- Get His name in front of you.
- Put up art that reminds you of Him.
- When you are reminded by Him, or a bumper sticker you see on your drive home, don’t ignore it, talk to Him.
- Open the Bible regularly, or your favorite Bible app.
- Turn on some good music, close your eyes, and get wrapped up in His love.
I challenge you.
I know it seems tedious, and maybe even a little silly to you, but when a person becomes truly serious about growing in an area of their lives, they’ll do the silly. So, here it is: Get a piece of paper, or better yet, start a journal and at the front, write a declaration something like this:
Today I make a commitment to myself and to God Almighty, to take whatever steps are necessary for me to elevate Him to a place of greater importance in my every day life. I recognize the benefits of doing so are greater than my mind can comprehend and I look forward to becoming stronger in my faith as a result.
Sign and date it. If you are starting a journal, make sure you add to it regularly and include what you see changing within you. And don’t forget to write about the great things He has done for you along the way.
If you’ve found this post helpful or encouraging, please pass it on to others. Hit me up in the comment section for any lingering questions or thoughts.