Keeping First Things First

Our world is so fast paced these days. It always seems like we are jumping from event to event and there is never enough time in the day to accomplish everything we would like to accomplish.

However, I want to remind everyone that we make time for what is important to us. We all have the same 24 hours in our days-what we choose to fill them with is our decision.

The Bible constantly talks about the principle of “firstfruits.”

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty , and your vats will be bursting with wine.” -Proverbs 3:9-10

So often we think about firstfruits in the context of our money or wealth…but I want to encourage you to think about this principle differently today. I want you to think about it not just in the context of giving God our finances first (although this is also important!). I want you to think about it in terms of our TIME and what we put first in our lives and throughout the day.

Keeping in mind that we make time for what is most important to us…let’s think about our own personal times with God for our devotional/bible study/prayer time each day. Check out the following scripture:

“If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.” -Romans 11:16

In other words, what are we dedicating to God FIRST in our day? This verse just talked about whatever is offered to God as the firstfruit (in this case the dough) is holy, and how that influences the rest of the lump and makes it holy.

Try to apply this example to your personal God time each day. When we put God first in our lives and offer up our time to Him at the beginning of the day as a “firstfruit”, that power begins to infiltrate and cleanse the rest of our day to prepare us for success!

Examine the things you have been making time for first in your life. Has it been your health? Family? Personal time with God? Church? Social Media? Entertainment? Outside activities? Sports? Etc.?

If you don’t like where the majority of your focus has been on a daily basis, sometimes its as simple as making a shift to put God first, and then structuring our days around what NEEDS to be done. After that, we can fill in the remaining time with things that we want to do (going to the movies, social media, hanging out at a sports game, etc.)

Never forget, my friends: When we give God time and offer it to Him as a “firstfruit” at the beginning of our day, we are setting ourselves up for success for the rest of the day.

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