When I take a moment to be still, the Holy Spirit reminds me again of the instruction I was given months ago when I began a new job, “You are first and foremost a child of God.”
I was facing contradicting emotions of fear and excitement for being accepted into my position. I had been a stay-home-mom for nine years before this job opportunity presented itself. It was going to be difficult jugging kids, marriage, friendships and the job along with time alone with God. Just a few days into the job, the Lord wanted to make it clear of where my priorities were to be. Whether I failed or succeeded, whether everyone and everything was vying for my attention or I had all the time in the world, He wanted to make sure I remembered that my relationship with Him must be first place in my life. I was first and foremost His child.
“And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that He is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”- 1 John 2:28-3:1
The Father loves us so much that He gave us His only, most precious Son, Yeshua, to rescue us from eternal separation from Him because of our sins. He deserves first place in our hearts. He deserves first place in our time. He deserves first place in all things. But if we are not intentional about acknowledging His rank in our lives, we can easily fall into the traps of time pressure, peer pressure, job pressure, family pressures, you name it. Soon enough our intimacy with Him would be nothing more than a distant memory.
Guard your time with God. For when you no longer hold your positions and status’, when lives pass away and seasons change, your relationship with Him will still stand and you will not be ashamed because He will be the One who held first place in your life.
God bless you.