When I think about the God first life, I can’t help but to think about my boys. In a couple of days, Wesley will be 18 months old and we celebrated Micah turning 4 months old a few days ago.
For me, the God first life starts at home. I hope home is always a place of rest and acceptance for my boys. As they grow, I pray they will see that Jesus is not just part of their life, but is at the center of it. I don’t want Christ to be compartmentalized to a Sunday service, a prayer before meals, or bedtime. I want Wesley and Micah to see Jesus in everything they do. Jesus teaches me how to love my boys and how to discipline them. He is the one who provides our family with every need, gift, and talent. We were made in Christ’s likeness and we carry His presence with us wherever we go.
How do we put God first in our home? The psalmist in Psalms 1:2 tells us “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” In other words, we plant our home, our family, and our life in Christ. Everything else grows and matures from this starting place.
Jesus is amazingly gracious towards us. He promises that living a God first life will result in prosperity. Psalm 1:3 continues by portraying that “he is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it’s fruit in its season, and it’s leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Jesus wants our family and home to prosper. He enjoys teaching and guiding us in relationship with Him.
As I snuggled my babies to bed tonight, I thanked Jesus for the privilege of raising them. I prayed for our home and their futures. My prayer is that home will always be a reflection of God’s love for them and that Jesus is the foundation of their future.