Take God Off the Top of the List

Take God off the top of the list and put Him where He belongs—in the center!

On Sunday as we began our new series The Problem with Priorities, we talked about some of the problems with our typical view of priorities. We tend to think of priorities like a “to-do” list. If you’re a Christian, our thinking goes—God first, family second, and after that, whatever we choose. The problem is that we’re never really done with God. We never move to the next thing on our list. Another problem with this type of thinking is that it divides life into “spiritual” and “secular.” The spiritual box is filled with all of the God stuff—church, small group, Bible Study, service projects, etc. The secular box is filled with work, hobbies, time, money, etc. We think God has a lot to do with the spiritual box and not so much with the secular box.

What if we chose to “Destroy the List”? What if we chose to take God off the top of the list and put Him in the center? I used an image in my message of a bicycle wheel with a hub in the center. Every spoke in the wheel goes through the hub. What if every spoke of your life (relationships, job, money, time, etc.) went through the hub with God at the center? When all of your relationships have God at the center, you treat people differently because you want to love and honor God. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, when God’s at the center, you make different choices with your sexuality. When God is at the center of your marriage, how you love and serve your spouse is how you love and serve God. When God is at the center of your parenting, you realize that your job is to help them understand the presence and importance of Jesus more than simply raising good kids who are good citizens. When God is at the center of your job, it shapes how you treat people in the workplace and how you will ethically go about doing your job. When God is at the center, everything is spiritual!

To help you put God at the center of your life, I would encourage you to memorize Colossians 3:17 – “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

As you put God where He belongs, in the center, may you experience the abundant and joyful life He created you to live.