Today I had the pleasure of speaking with someone who shared with me how to have a healthy life by managing my diet, you know eating healthier. Did I mention we were having this conversation while we were both standing in line at a local In-N-Out Burger restaurant, it was their cheat day as they described it so eating a burger and fries with a large coke was indeed perfectly acceptable. In our civilization today, we have made it the norm rather the exception to cheat in life, to skip certain fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle. It is common knowledge the majority of our population does not eat properly, exercise regularly or get enough rest. We are comfortable in or surroundings running the rat race called life, we eat, work, and even sleep on the run. As a result of allowing our work, friends and even our own families to consume us, it should be no surprise when at the end of the day we are feeling tired and overwhelmed.
In our society today, we tend to measure everything, but what are we using as our gauge, we are more concerned with accomplishments: what we do, how we perform, what we produce, how busy we are, etc. We even judge the fruitfulness of a pastor’s ministry, by the size of their church, the number of books written, tapes produced, the presence of a global ministry, etc. Yet Jesus said that all of this doesn’t matter unless the person is intimately connected to Him: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned” John 15:5-6.
When was the last time, if ever have you examined yourself asking yourself, “Is my life in order?” Establishing order in your life begins with prioritizing. From a spiritual perspective, this means making the Word of God your first, only and final authority putting Him first, over everything else in your life. We often neglect companionship with our Father and His Word, which leaves us frustrated, depressed and confused. This is because we don’t put first things first in our lives.
Remember that Christ calls us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” Mt. 6:33–not to seek what we can do for the kingdom of God. Being rooted in Christ is a fundamental “prerequisite” to finding God’s will for your life. You will not be ready or able to find any path He has designed you for unless you are seeking Him first. He calls you to love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength–and to love others as you love yourself. The more passionately you are pursuing these callings, the better equipped you will be to hear His voice and to be the person you will need to be in order to do the things God has created you to do.
Strengthening your personal relationship with God is the only way to renew your mind and overcome your shortcomings. Our first priority in life must always be to develop an increasingly intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It means seeking Him through His Word for guidance and direction before making any decisions, and praying and obeying Him when He directs you. If you could have done it yourself, you would have done it already! “Right acting” will not necessarily produce “right thinking,” but right thinking will produce right actions. Right thinking is cultivated by getting your mind lined up with the One Who created it. Whether it is a business, friendship, or a new marriage, allow God to lead you into His perfect plan for your life.
In Galatians 5:16, Paul offers this advice: “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” In our daily lives, we fulfill the lust of the flesh when we hurry, worry and attempt to do everything ourselves, skipping the vital time we need to develop a relationship with God. It is only when we get our minds lined up with God and His Word that we truly put first things first.