Why do we live in a world where it is so hard to put God first? I hear excuses all the time, from my friends and myself. The question is asked, “Are you going to church tonight?” with responses like, “No, too much homework,” or “I think I’m gonna hang with some friends tonight instead.” We are all guilty of this, myself included. However, that does not make it okay. Let me tell you why.
One of the leaders in my Bible study always asks us this question. “What is the ultimate goal in your life?” Tough question, I know. But the answer should be so simple. The ultimate goal of my life is to get into Heaven and that should be yours too! So if that is the case why aren’t we living our life’s like this? My ultimate goal isn’t to have a 4.0 GPA, or to be an Olympian. However, I tend to put school and track before God at times.
Now I’m not saying to skip out on your homework and read the Bible all day instead. Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” This verse is saying that if you seek God, good things will happen. He will reward us if we spend time with him. However, be careful because “reward” does not always mean what are greedy minds assume. I’m not saying just because you spend two hours praying to God, that he will make sure you get an A on the math test you skipped out on studying for. He is a good, generous Father, but he does not always give back in the ways we expect. If we serve him though, we will receive the greatest reward of all, eternal life.