We have many firsts in our life. For me I am writing my first post for the Young Calvinists blog. Starting when we are young we have our first steps and first words. As we continue to get older we may have our first day at school, first job, first time driving, first date, first hospital visit, first broken bone, or first death in the family. These first in our lives never stop. We are always greeted by something new. Many of these firsts bring us great joy, but others bring us to sadness and pain. But what do we make first in our life? What do we center our lives around, what is the first thing we think about as we wake up? Jesus tells us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” (Matt. 6:33).
We are called to devote ourselves to God in our lives. With every first we achieve, or face with fear, we put God first. We must have the mindset of John the Baptist saying in our heart, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). We are to set our minds on God and devote ourselves with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
We must be active in the life of putting God first. It is against our natural inclination to put God first, and the devil uses all his tricks to try and keep us from putting God first. Many temptations besiege us, we are faced with the desire to put that great book we are reading, the television program, the game whether sport or digital, our friends, ourself, and so many other things before God.
Thankfully we are not left on our own to live this holy life of putting God first. We are given the Holy Spirit who works in our heart to hate evil and therefore love God. We are also given brethren and sisters in the Lord who admonish us and gently help to point us to the right path again. As we continue to walk in our lives and face new firsts may we always remember that God must be first. To Him alone be all the glory.