Principle I: Put God First
My primary purpose is to worship God with my life.
We are guilty of using the Lords name in vain. It’s usually the first thing we say when something doesn’t go our way. But that’s not what putting God first means.Â It also isn’t expected for us to sacrifice our daily duties and responsibilities to focus purely on God 24/7. What it does mean, though, is that we should do all the things in our life with God in mind. All of our actions should reflect a caring attitude, sense of community, and a forgiving nature. It is possible to be like Christ in all our ways without neglecting our lives as a whole.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
In all we commit ourselves to, we should be representative of Christ (Proverbs 16:3). Our actions should be executed with decency and thought. Another way we commit our lives to putting God first, is that we get rid of pointless exclamations using the Lords name. Instead we can put Him first by talking to Him as soon as something happens instead. Instead of saying, Jesus Christ or God, in moments of frustration and anger, we can say, Guide me God or What can I do. Instead of lashing out sinfully, go to Him first. Instead of listening to secular music day in and day out, listen to Contemporary Christian. Instead of holding a grudge or contempt for someone, forgive them and move on. Instead of picking up a drink, pray to God.
There is plenty we can do every single day that is putting God first in our life. It’s not quite as daunting as scriptures out of context would lead you to believe.
In our recovery, making GodÂ a beacon of all our actions is very important. We don’t have strength if we don’t have Him. If we are placing Him on the back burner and placing other things as a priority without God in mind, we can’t possibly open ourselves up to Him. Go forward intentionally doing good in your recovery by making God a part of everything you do.
Some things I have done in my sobriety to make sure God is my first thought are to read the Bible daily, pray daily, and stay as humble as possible understanding God is gifting this life to me and can take it away any time.
None of this is meant to make you feel or think that God should be placed on the back burner. Quite the opposite! It is meant to help you understand how you can place God first in all that you do in a manner that us sinful humans are capable of. During our life on earth we could never possibly be expected to mimic every aspect of Jesus’ life, but we are expected to follow it as closely as humanly possible. You can still put God first in your everyday actions, as long as you keep them pure and free of malice or contempt that can be, or lead to, sinful behavior.
How do you put God first in your everyday life? You can discuss in the comments below.