“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Deuteronomy 5:7 NIV)
When asked the question, who is the first priority in your life, your answer is telling of who owns your heart. God comes to my mind when asked that question. He comes to my mind because I’ve been seeking Him for a lifetime, sometimes harder than others. At this point in my life, I seek Him daily, all day. I start with my quiet time, end with my study time, all entwined in Him. When I’m asked who is my first priority, God is my answer. What is yours?
God wouldn’t have always been my answer. For a very long time, “me” would have been the answer. At other times it may have been a boyfriend. During the time my mother was sick, she would have come to mind. Now that I am married, there are times that my husband has been the answer to the question. The truth is, keeping God centered as the first priority in our lives takes work. Focus your attention on God, He will become your first priority.
Focus your attention on God, He will become your first priority.
Today, as I write, is the first Sunday of social isolation in the U.S. My husband and I were discussing how different pastors were handling the situation. In that conversation, my husband gave me a new term that he has coined:
Cross Vision: we think we know the nature of God in our lives but the only true revelation we have of God’s nature is the cross. When you look at the cross, you see God’s love for everyone, no exceptions.
People during the pandemic have all different interpretations of what is going on from God’s standpoint. The truth is, no one knows. What we do know is Jesus died on the cross for us because He loved us. He did that so we would know how to love others. I don’t know what will have happened in the world by the time this posts. I do know, over the next days and weeks God is going to give us the opportunity to love others.
When we focus on God, He becomes our first priority. When God becomes our first priority, we gain cross vision. When we have cross vision, we begin to understand love. When we begin to understand love, the world becomes a better place.
Determine who is first priority by asking yourself the difficult question. Then decide where you need to focus. No matter what your answer was, Jesus is always waiting. Just put on your cross vision lens and see the love He has for you. Once you do, you’ll have to share it with others. Focus on God, He will become your first priority.
Question of the Day:
What kind of vision do you have today?