Life as a teenager is pretty crazy. While it’s exciting to do new things and accept new challenges, it’s kinda scary to realize that a lot of the decisions you make now are directly impacting your future. As colleges, grades, golf, service hours, and driving hours become more and more important, it feels like I'm a princess trying to balance 12 books on my head, trying to keep my life together.
Even though it’s hard, I try to give each of these subjects 100%. I mean, aren't these the things that set you up for a good life? I certainly want a good job. I want to make good money. I’m scared of debt and taxes and bills and insurance, just let my parents taught me to be. Lol. But as I invest more and more time and effort into “my tickets to success,” it becomes easier and easier to cut back 5, 10, 15 minutes in devotion time, to skip going to church, and to try harder memorizing math equations than memorizing God’s Word. (Psalms 119:11) Even though class, studying, sports, and clubs are very important, what is my priority in life? Is it me or God?
This query has been on my heart for a while now. One day, I was telling dad my career plans, when he said, “Nia, I’m not going to allow you to plan for yourself, but not plan how you’re going to further the kingdom of God.” What could I say? I knew that I had neglected my Bible studies, evangelism, and time with Jesus, rejecting that my first and foremost lifestyle, career, and purpose is to God. (Matthew 16:26-27) When we Christians "give" our lives to Christ, are we just using a kind of terminology? Do we realize that to give, we are pledging ourselves? We are binding ourselves to Christ’s purpose, giving up everything we desire for God’s kingdom. We are sacrificing what we consider to be important or what we think we need for what Jesus commands. (Proverbs 3:5-8) (Deuteronomy 13:4)
As I realize this more and more, the truth changes me! Of course, just because I put God first doesn’t mean my family, school, friends, and plans are thrown in the trash. The very opposite! Prospering in these areas are great ways to glorify God! (Proverbs 16:3) But when we take these things away from their purpose of glorifying God and place them as the focus of our world, that is when we fall into Satan’s trap.
In a culture that values worldly success, this can be hard to hear. But does that make it any less true? When you gave your life to Christ, were you truly willing to make Him your number one priority?
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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