God does NOT want to be first place in your life!
Like every lie, it always sounds so deceptively correct. After all, it sounds like it should be a “good Christian” thing to do right? If God is first place in your life then you’re doing something right – you’re putting Him above all else. He is first, then your family, then work, then everything else – sounds correct, right? Wrong!
It puts God on a list, and that’s insulting to Him!
Well meaning people have told me:
Bas, there are many things that clamor for your attention and devotion: your job, spouse, hobby – the demands and distractions of life. You need to be careful not to let other things become more important or more of a priority than your relationship with God. Make sure you keep God first place in your life!
At the time I thought this was wisdom speaking. Therefore I swallowed it hook, line and sinker, not knowing I was being kidnapped by high sounding nonsense! Like every lie I’ve believed, it kept me in bondage.
What people mean by “putting God first place” is that you need to prioritize Bible reading, prayer, and other “spiritual acitivities” above everything else. The implication is that everything else is “worldly” and therefore not as good as the “spiritual” things.
This mindset says there is a division between the sacred and the secular; a distinction is made between what is spritual and what is worldly. According to this mindest your priority list would look like this (the line indicates the distiction):
- God (Sacred/Spiritual)
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