In my walk with Christ I frequently get caught up in things that I am supposed to do. Not only do I get caught up in things that I feel like the Bible wants me to do, but I also get caught up in pleasing people that want things from me. As a teenager, my teachers, coaches, parents, and even church leaders were consistently asking me to do more and more for them. I never knew which was more important!
As I’ve gotten older, I have found that prioritizing all of these things is a lot easier when I am putting Jesus first in my life. But how do you actually do that?
SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SCHEDULE
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for me to have a routine where I am specifically setting aside time to talk to Jesus and read my bible every day. In the story of Daniel, we see that Daniel was devoted to his schedule with God. The Bible says:
“Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel 6:10
I’m not Daniel, but I’m pretty confident that this is why Daniel was close enough to God that he was able to live, even when he was thrown in a den with lions. Putting Jesus first means taking your time with Him seriously enough that it deserves to be on your calendar.
This is one of my biggest struggles. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who only talked about themselves and never let you talk? I think that is how we pray a lot of the time. In the Psalms, the author writes:
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
Take 3 deep breaths and pray that prayer 5 times. Then, sit and listen. Putting Jesus first means wanting to hear His voice, not just telling Him all of our struggles.
BE THE BEST FRIEND
Earlier today my friend called me and said, “Hey, I remember that you told me you had a busy week. How is it going?” That was a great way to show me that he cared for me. Jesus does not ask us to be God. That is impossible. He tells us to:
“Love your neighbor as yourself” -Matthew 22:39
God created humans, so of course He wants us to love each other! And putting Jesus first means that you put other people’s priorities ahead of your own.
Prioritizing Jesus is not an easy task, and trust me, this is not an exhaustive list of every way to put Him first in your life. However, these three practical steps have helped me to make sure that I am walking in a way that is pleasing to Him every day of my life.