If someone calls you the day of, to make plans with you, consider you may just be their option. We’ve all been there… dating someone who you may know is “just not that into you” and has not made you a priority in their life while you have given them first place in yours. What if you were to stop wasting your time on the person who does not put you in the place of prioritization? Everyone in a relationship no matter who you are, deserves to be in the prioritized position in our lover’s life. A simple concept perhaps, but time and time again I see many people get into a relationship and make the person their priority while they themselves are settling for the role of “option.”
Consider this question, “have you made Jesus a part of your life”? Many times, I have heard people say, “I’ve made Jesus a part of my life.” However, this statement really reveals they have missed the point. The truth is, Jesus can never really simply be a part of life; at the moment of salvation, Jesus becomes your life—everything revolves around Him, because He is the central focus of all life. Now, have you made Jesus a part of your life? For the believer, the essence of living is to walk in childlike obedience to Christ. We depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for enablement and divine grace for forgiveness when we stumble. Stumbling occurs because we live in a broken world that is in constant conflict with itself. On the one hand, there’s the pull of the world, and on the other, the pull of God. Satan throws temptations our way, but from our Father comes the appeal of holiness, peace, and joy in Christ.
As believers we are God’s priority although at times He is disappointed with our actions based on decisions we make. He continues to openly and publicly demonstrate His Love for us daily, making us His priority while many of us treat Him as an option. Unfortunately, for many there are so many things that understandable clamor for attention and devotion: our job, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies-the everyday demands and distractions of life. We have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God. The way to do this is by opening God’s Word daily and letting Him use Scripture to flush from our minds anything that doesn’t fit with His priority Rom. 12:2.
The first of the Ten Commandments states we will have no other gods before Him God is never an option, Exodus 20:3. Deuteronomy 5:8-9 says, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be? Anything can become a god to us-anything we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even your feelings can become a god if you allow them to control you.
When God is no longer merely an option in your life, that is to say when you decide to make God the priority of your life, making Him first in your life, your soul will begin to prosper, your joy, and peace will see an increase. These things happen when you completely whole heartedly lean on Him more than anything else, and tell Him, “God, I want to do this, but I can’t, I won’t do it without You.” God and His Word are nothing short of amazing. His Word contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every conceivable human problem or dilemma you could ever fathom. His Word brings peace and stability to your spirit, it renews your mind – Romans 12:2. Get excited about God, He will not be your option, He is your first, your last, your everything, He is your one and only true unconditional Love.