How To Put God First In Your Life

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Is God really first in your life? Many Christians respond that they put God first, family second, and everything else afterwards.

The fruit of whether God is first in your life revolves around the following questions:

Is God first in your relationships?

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death” (1 John 3:14).

Can your love for God sustain a difficult marriage or wayward child? Can you still extend unconditional love to the most ungrateful person at your job or in your neighborhood? Your love for God enables you to love them spiritually more than a natural love (which many times expects something back). Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to reveal God’s superiority over our lives when we extend the agape love to others in spite of their response or lack thereof.

How To Put God First In Your Life

It’s not God first and then we get on with the rest of our lives. Rather God is all in all.

Is God first in your work or school?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).

Whether we’re working in the home, office, factory, or school—the Lord still expects us to diligently serve Him. Even when others are cheating, believers have the awesome testimony of working as to the Lord and not for men. We may not get the extra bonuses or accolades for our efforts from men; yet God sees everything and rewards those who are found faithful. God is first in your life when your work reveals true diligence towards a job well done.

Is God first in your church involvement?

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

How grievous it must be to the Holy Spirit to see the large number of Christians give so little of their energy to the building of the kingdom of God? It’s time for many of us to wake up out of our slumber and get busy in the church whether it’s teaching, greeting, serving, or speaking. There’s much need in the body of Christ and each believer is equipped with unique spiritual gifts to contribute. The Lord is first in your life when you humbly serve in your local ministry in building up the body of Christ.

Is God first in your giving of your time and money?

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

Does your budget and schedule reflect a generous spirit? Sometimes we allow the busyness of life to grasp our hearts subtly so that we aren’t even aware of it. However if we seek the Lord first in our finances and scheduling—we find that our lives are much fuller and contented than when we are trying to keep up with everyone else around us. God is first in your life when you choose His purposes and plans over your desired comfort level.

Related reading: Christian Stewardship Advice: 7 Tips For Handling Money

Is God first in your recreational and entertainment pursuits?

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Many believers seek out distractions from the daily grind of life. We want relaxation and entertainment to soothe our minds. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the life that God has given each of us, we must be wise with our choices. We need to resist the urge of living for the next “happy” moment. God is first in life’s enjoyments when He is pursued more than the recreations.

Number One?

It’s not God first and then we get on with the rest of our lives. Rather God is all in all. He is in everything and in every way a part of our daily living. We live every day with an awareness of the presence and power of God. “‘For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Our Lord is worthy of our attention in everything we do, in everything we say, and in everything we think. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit within prompting us towards righteousness in our attitudes and behavior. As we move in the Spirit, we can’t help but put God first in everything.

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Anita Hampton January 10, 2014 at 5:47 am

Hello Crystal

Im writing from South Africa-My name is Anita Hampton im 51-Not married no children.Most people when they first hear my age -Cannot believe it according to them i look younger.True.But even those compliments is not fulfilling,In my search for the Lord i have come across profound statements-eg-Better to be single than abused. The thing is this.I love company,And sister my Moms untimely passing i have no-one to spek to at night,My Mom Loved the lord.And she encouraged me to trust him-look to him.So often the holy spirit has come thru for me.But really theirs time when i want to have a conversation with someone that i can have an immediate interaction with.Is it that im not praying/asking the lord properly-If not then what is the correct way to ask!??


Crystal McDowell January 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Dear Anita,
First I’m sorry about the loss of your mother. This may have left a great hole in your heart. I believe that God hears your prayers and will answer them in His perfect timing. He didn’t save us to not be involved with other people especially other believers. We are made to encourage, strengthen, and edify one another. My prayer for you is that God will give you an abundance of wisdom in choosing the right friendships and community of believers to have close fellowship.
Stay strong in the Lord and don’t lose your hope in Him.
God bless,


Denise September 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

Hi , I am a mom of two children 20 year old daughter and a son 16 years old . I am heart broken because my daughter and I just don’t connect ,she spends all of her time with friends and her aunt from my husbands side ,I know she loves me and I love her so very much . I have giving it to GOD but when things come up like her birthday I thought she would spend it with us but nope she had to spend it with her friends . I know I was not a perfect mom and told her many times that i was sorry if i hurt her in any way to forgive me , but she says nothing . please pray for us . Thank You . GOD BLESS YOU


Kathleen November 7, 2016 at 7:39 pm

It seems I have a problem with putting my husband on a pedestal at times and when he fails me it hurts so badly. How can I come to rely on God to be my all in all instead of my husband? Do you know of any books or scripture etc that might help me have appropriate priorities?


Jack Wellman November 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Hello Kathleen. I am sorry about that. I suggest Dr. Gary Chapman and The 5 Love Languages. It is among the best. Other than that, why not also get into the Gospel of John. This gospel seems to be more of an eternal perspective and devotes much space about a believer’s security in Christ (i.e. John 6:37-39, 10:28-29). There should be no pedestal, but men need respect the most and women need love the most. You can also read Eph 5:22-33 and maybe you can both sit down and go through those short verses together. I hope I have helped Kathleen. Pedestals must come down. The foot of the cross is level ground.


neicy August 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

Hell Ms. Crystal. I’m 61 years old and I’m retired so the only money I get is my retirement money. even though I’m married I want to be able to give my own offering to the Lord coming from my money but I don’t have a lot. I have been in the word for about 6 or 7 years and I really shy away from folks in the church. Maybe because I’m intimidated by their knowledge and hope when they speak about him, I want to engage but hopes I’m not saying something stupid to make me look worst than I already feel. I don’t quote scriptures but I do try to read the word every chance I get. I guess its my pride that is getting in the way of wanting to be able to converse with some who understand that I’m not knowlgable about the bible and understand how its important to me if they relate to me on that level, so how can I give my all to the lord when I feel like this, thank you.


neicy August 9, 2017 at 8:18 am

hello, I’m 61 years old and have been in the word about 6 or 7 years. I’m married and retired and only receive my retirement monthly that isn’t a lot. I want to be able to give my own offering in an amount I can give after paying all my bills. i don’t want to appear selfish but i give what i can in hopes the Lord knows this is the best that i can do. I’m not involved in my church because I’m not that knowledgable in the word. my conversations with them is very limited and i don’t want to appear more stupid than i already feel. i read the word every chance i get, just trying to keep up with the scriptures, and i don’t quote them either. so how can i become more involved in my own personal giving to establish a relationship with the lord.


Jack Wellman August 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

Hello Neicy. God wants a cheerful giver, not one who gives so much that they hurt their own family. It’s not about how much but about where your heart is in giving to God. Here is what I was told and also found to be helpful for someone that seems to be lacking in the knowledge of the Word: ” You need to sit under good Bible teaching/preaching, Sunday school and Bible study just like I do, so call your pastor and tell him and ask your church to pray for you as we are commanded to do (James 5:14) as we need one another (Heb 10:24-25) and seek to do what Jesus commands us to do (Matt 25:34-39) as we do it to Him (Matt 25:40) or we do nothing for Him (Matt 25:41- and that’s not good (Matt 7:21-23).


B. November 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

Neicy, do not be too hard on yourself. You are still a babe in Christ. You are not expected to know everything that someone who has been in the word for 20 or 30 years would know. You would not expect a child of 6 to have the same maturity and knowledge as a 20 yr. old…so don’t expect that of you. But just continue to study and pray and you will be rewarded with knowledge.


chuck caricofe January 15, 2019 at 5:56 am

Hello, I am 52 years old, married to my wife for 24 years with 3 children, 20, 16, and 6. I am and have been going through a hard time the last year or so with my wife. My question is How Do I Put GOD First in my life?? I need this so bad, as I wake up everyday hating life. I put on a good show I guess and get through the day but deep inside I am not happy at all. I need to learn how to love GOD and hope then I can love me.


s.Ravi Chandra February 6, 2020 at 3:19 am

Articles are very good.


s.Ravi Chandra February 6, 2020 at 3:20 am

Articles are very good.
Need Divine enlightenment everyday.


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