October 20, 2006 print_code Print this lesson

Remove everything unnecessary in your life in order to put first things first.

(1 John 5:21) says, Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. The Amplified Bible says: Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods), from any sort of substitute for God. 

Essentially we're being told to fill our lives with the true, living God, not a phony substitute.  It's vital that you prevent any sort of substitute from becoming more important than God. 

You can tell what is important to you by simply examining how you spend your time. If you are spending to much time trying to make money that you don't spend any quality time with God, then wealth is more important to you than God.  Likewise, if you are always spending time socializing and don't have any time to spend with God, then your social life is more important to you than God.

How you spend your time is so important, because you can either invest it or waste it. However, if you waste your time, you'll never get it back. On the other hand, if you invest your time into forming a deep, close, personal relationship with God, then you will reap the rewards of such an investment for the rest of eternity. 

Remember (Mat 22:14) For many are called, but few are chosen.

Make your relationship with God your priority.  Put God first: spend significant, quality, personal time with Him and everything else will fall into place.