Matthew 22:21 “They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
Every one of us places value on certain things, our spouses, our children, our possessions, or our name. Some will value their heritage or culture. Others will place a high value on their status in society. Still, others place value on their gifts and talents.
When what we value is out of line with what God tells us, we open ourselves to dangerous and destructive paths. When we place anything or anyone in the place God should be, we are out of order.
Our ability to place things in the right priority must line up with the Word of God. Salvation purchases for us eternal life. But, it does so much more than that.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
As a born again, child of God, I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. He is my Comforter, but He is also the One who convicts me. One of His jobs is to lead me and guide me into all truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
When I only use God as my 911 emergency call, and not for everyday decisions, I put Him at a distance and use my reasoning and my intellect to lead me. God admonishes us to re-prioritize our thinking regarding our decision-making.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Our hearts cannot be trusted. My Heavenly Father tells me where to place my trust.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
If we listen to the world’s methods and manners, we will put people and things in the place reserved for God.
Colossians 1:16-18 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
As I was saved later in life, I had to reprogram my thinking. With God, what seemed up was down. What I thought was right was left. When I thought to go forward, God said:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
When I begin to think I possess the wisdom, the knowledge, or the intellect, I forget the truth of Who it is that created me to be so.
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Anything good, anything right, anything worthy of praise all belongs to God, not me. Having the conduit of His Holy Spirit work in and through me, unclogged from pride, selfishness, self-promotion, and self-grandisment can allow Him to use me significantly.
When I step into the limelight of what has been done to accept the glory that He deserves; it stops the blessings from coming, His hand upon me, and the future use for which I was created.
When we have the right priorities, praising God will not be so difficult. When we realize our place and His work in and through us, praise comes easily. Our praise and worship in the church should first be an extension of what we do daily in private. When things are in the right priority, praise and worship will come quickly in our private devotions with Him.
Our job as saved, children of God, is to become more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29-30 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
When we reorder our lives to glorify God and live to be more like Jesus every day, we will experience no greater joy, peace, and happiness knowing we are doing that for which we have created.
Let go of the world’s philosophies on how to succeed. Follow the path that will lead to becoming more Christlike. For it is only then, we can be called “Christians.”