MAGNA DEVOTION: 10 VALUES THAT BUILD STRONG FAMILIES (No. 1: Put God First)

In a world full of distractions, we seldom see people who put effort on making everyday count. Countless hours wasted because of online games and non-sense entertainment, families were broken because of numerous hours of parents dedicated at work and not on their homes, and people so attached to their gadgets that they put value on it more than what or who is important. We oftentimes hear the word “priority”, and yet it takes a lot of strong will to feel that it is indeed being done.  

A simple way to discern the things that matter most to a person is by observing where he is placing his time, energy, and money. Nobody's life is ever all balanced. It's a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.

How Do I Put God FIRST?

1.    F (Finances) – As Proverbs 3:9-10 declares, “Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income, and He will fill your barns to overflow.” The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year. (christianpost.com)

2.    I (Interest) – “Whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory.” (1 Cor. 10:31). As the Scripture indicates, thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude, especially to God. Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another.

3.    R (Relationships) – “What a man is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” (Proverbs 27:19). True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. Join a small group in strengthening your faith and devotion to Him.

4.    S (Schedule) – “Make the best use of your time. Grasp firmly what you know to be the will of the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:16-17) The Lord wishes us to devote our time to Him, praising Him and offer Him our thanks. Through devotion, your family becomes more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to Him is more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.

5.    T (Troubles) – “Call upon me in your day of trouble and I will deliver you and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15) Most people call on to the Lord whenever abundant blessings come their way, but almost all people call unto Him in times of trouble.  Riches and the things that are necessary in life are not evil in themselves. And all of us face cares and troubles in this life. The sin comes in the time and energy we spend in pursuing these things, at the expense of neglecting Christ. Concentrate on Christ alone, especially in times of troubles, and He will indeed pave the way for you to raise you up from the troubles.

Among these areas in which to put God FIRST, what areas do need to improve on? Among the dreams and goals we aim to provide our family, we have to identify them as our priority before we can truly define our purpose of being a part of one.