What would you say if I asked, “What’s the most important thing in your life right now?”
Stop and think for a minute: What is the most important thing in your life right now?
There are numerous answers you could give. You might struggle to narrow it down to one:
Raising my kids
Doing well at my job
Finding a job
Having more joy
Letting go of unforgiveness
The point of the question is: Are the main things in our lives the things that really should be the MAIN THING? Is it possible there’s a different MAIN THING that God desires for us?
What should be the most important thing in your life?
I’ve wrestled with the answer I’m about to share. I’ve wrestled because the answer isn’t what I’d always thought. The answer isn’t God. It isn’t Jesus. It’s not the first and second greatest commandments: Loving God with all we are and loving others as ourselves.
And while I’m certainly open for discussion, I propose that the most important thing in your life should be: believing God.
“Without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him because anyone who comes [near] to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly [and diligently] seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
To believe God exists and rewards those who seek Him is:
— to believe He is who He reveals Himself to be.
— to believe He will do what He says He will do.
— to believe He will fulfill every promise He has given you.
…and to believe all of this in spite of circumstances and feelings that indicate otherwise.
Why nothing is more important than believing God.
Consider for a moment one of your current relationships, perhaps with your spouse, a family member, a colleague or a friend. What kind of relationship would you have with them if you didn’t take them at their word – if you didn’t believe them? What barriers could come down if you could believe them? What barriers could come down between you and God if you choose to believe Him?
Believing God is foundational to how we relate to Him. In fact, there’s no way we can truly love Him if we don’t believe Him
As the verse says, without believing these truths, we cannot please God. Without such faith we aren’t truly walking with God.
This rattles me. It stops me in my tracks and makes me ask: Do I believe God? In all my main things, is believing Him the MAIN THING?
Do we believe God will reward us with being who He says He is, doing what He says He will do and fulfilling His promises to us as we earnestly and diligently seek Him?
If we are not (and I cringe at how many times I have not):
— We are not pleasing God.
— We are not truly walking with God.
And as Scripture also states:
— We are not living out the main things in our lives empowered by God:
“Does God pour out His Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law [which you perform], or because you believe what you heard?” (Galatians 3:5).
God pours out His Spirit in us, and equips and works on our behalf, just as He did when He saved us: as we believe Him.
You need the Spirit of God working in and for you.
For your most important thing answer, you NEED the Spirit of Christ working in and for you.
For direction and wisdom — you must believe God.
To have hope — you must believe God.
To endure — you must believe God.
To be victorious, to receive and enjoy all God has for you — you must believe God.
Whatever main things are going on in your life right now, I implore you to make believing God the MAIN THING in each one of them!
What promise has God (in His Word) made? What truth is He calling you to believe? What provision does He say you can have? Your work is to believe Him for it, to stay confident IN HIM when all else points against it, and to stand on His Word when the ground below you is shaking.
Don’t miss out on all God has for you.
I want us to be the people mentioned in Hebrews 6:12:
“Be imitators of those who through faith [by leaning on God with absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and by patient endurance and waiting [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.”
The main things in our lives are simply avenues to experience the presence and power of God. They’re avenues for inheriting the promises. These only happen as we believe God.
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This is so good. Thanks for expressing all this and calling out the challenge in it.
Judy Mills says
Ashley, Thank you so much for reading! Writing what I need to hear : – )!
Nancy Carpenter says
Judy, you are right on target. How easily we complicate our walk with Him! Keep writing and sharing. Always timely reminders of what we already know OR revelation and fresh insight! Love you!, Nancy
Judy Mills says
Nancy, Your words are such an encouragement! Thank you! I certainly find myself needing reminders of the truths I already know, for each your circumstance, trial and part of life is a new opportunity to apply God’s Word and to be transformed by it! I’m so thankful for you!!!