How Important Is God In Your Life?

If you want to know how important God is in your life; then determine how you spend your time and what is your relationship with Him?  What is your passion; is it your spouse, family, career, sports or a hobby?  Matthew 6:33 tells us: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  The Bible clearly tells us that God must be our number one priority.  God promises those who seek Him will be rewarded. 

I am utterly amazed at the way some Christians live their lives. They claim to be Christians but they spend hardly anytime developing a personal relationship with Him.  It doesn’t seem that they live to please God but they live only to please themselves.

They must believe that no matter what they do; any sin or immorality can be easily forgiven.  Therefore, anything goes.  They believe they can ask God for forgiveness and everything is o.k.  All sin can be forgiven then what’s wrong with telling lies or cheating?  Romans 1:18 – “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.”

Our hearts, attitudes and our deeds will judge us.  Earnest, confident, religious people could ultimately be lost because their hearts are hard.  Their hearts are not set on God, as required, but on money or a number of other things.  We can have all the knowledge, out serve the average Christian and not have accepted Christ into our hearts.  We have accepted Christ into our head only.

God tells us that He wants to see us continuously growing spiritually.  He wants us to have a spiritual purpose and a passion for Christ.  He wants to help and bless us but that requires living according to His ways.  Living to please God must be every believer’s priority.  God requires each Christian to surrender their self-centeredness and turn their life over to Him.  We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.  We are told to become sanctified and holy.  Sanctified means to separate ourselves from the world and give ourselves to God.  We are told to prepare ourselves for heaven in the way we live.  The Bible teaches us to let the Holy Spirit take our sinful, self-centered nature, our old habits and behaviors and let them be transformed to emulate the life of Christ.

We may think living a Christian life can be done by accepting the do’s and don’ts taught in the Scripture.  Christianity is about a relationship with God and our willingness to please Him.  It seems many Christians find this hard to do. There are just too many other things going on in their lives.

We must ask ourselves: Is the way we are living affecting our relationship with God?  Will it keep us from being given a crown or a higher position in Heaven?  God has called us to live holy lives.  If we live impure lives what happens?  We are told that God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us resist temptation.      If we refuse to live by God’s rules are we not rejecting God?  We are further told that the Holy Spirit gives us self-control and the ability to have control over sinful desires and the ability to practice restraint.

We must continually ask ourselves: Is God the most important thing in our lives?  The Bible says we are to diligently seek Him.  That means we are to make Him first and the most paramount.    Isaiah 55:6 – 7  – “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.  Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”

The way we live and the priority that we give to God can place a barrier between Him and ourselves.  Don’t think you can put off turning your life over to Him at a later time.  It may be more difficult to approach Him at a later date.  The more sinful a person becomes the harder one’s heart turns out.  There could be a time when the Holy Spirit will no longer try to convict you.  How can a person think that God is always going to be there for us and found near as the above Scripture indicates?

Hebrews 10:26 – 27 – “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

A person who deliberately keeps sinning is different from a person who sins through ignorance.  It is an established way of thinking, believing and behaving.  (II Timothy 2:12 7 & 13) says – “If we deny Him, He also will deny us.”  (I John 3:9) says – “No one who is born of God practices sin” If His seed lives in us we cannot deliberately continue to sin.  Some people have attended church all of their lives and it has become a habit.  Others may attend for business, social or personal reasons. What priority have they placed on God?

A person who has put God first in their life, loves God with all of their strength and has a close relationship with Him will be careful about habitually sinning.  Their number one goal is to live their life in order to please God.  It can only be done by continually growing spiritually.  This takes reading the Bible, living according to God’s ways and praying to develop a personal relationship as the Old Testament prophets did.

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