Rule Number One: Don't Make God Number Two

From the beginning, God told us not to put any other god before Him. Exodus 20:3 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." The gods He’s referring to are anything that we put in His place. It becomes an idol in our lives, a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved or revered. It’s fine to love someone or something, but when you love it more than you love God, that’s when it becomes a problem. When we start idolizing something, God is no longer first in our lives.

Matthew 6:33, says "But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also." Put God first because he’s the only one that can give us what we need and He knows we won’t find satisfaction outside of Him.

My life changed for the better when I put God first. It’s sad to admit, but before Christ, marijuana was number one in my life. In the morning, after work and before bed I would get high. My satisfaction came from smoking, but it was only temporary because my high only lasted a couple of hours. After I gave my life to Christ I realized God was the only one that could give me satisfaction. Everything that I put before Him gave me a false sense of hope and security. They were temporary, but He is eternal.

Putting God first goes beyond Him satisfying us and supplying our needs, it also shows Him how much we love Him. The greatest love was shown when God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. John 15:13 says, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." We are valuable to God and He calls us His friend. He’s a friend you should put first above all things. Rules are sometimes broken, but never break your rule of putting God first.