Gaze at God, Glance at Life

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It’s homecoming week here at Freed Hardeman and life on campus gets a little stressful. Every single day this week, we have something to do.  Although we started the week with a bonfire devotional to put our focus on things above, throughout the week we seem to choose to put our social clubs over everything else. We are so invested in our clubs; we scarcely sleep as we compete with other clubs.  We seem to always forget to read our Bibles, or just have a talk with God. But, homecoming week isn’t the only time we forget to talk to God.  We are constantly putting anything and everything ahead of God. 

God’s throne is not a loveseat. 

What I mean by this is that we can’t idolize something else and still have God first.  God is a jealous God, He doesn’t share.  Worldly things such as: technology, social media, jobs, friends, relationships, social clubs, shopping, all seem to rule our lives. We’re always gazing at life and only glancing at God when we need Him. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:24
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

If we seek first the kingdom of God, our priorities will fall into place. We must seek to please God in all that we do, and not seek to please others. It should be our aim at all times to please Him.  No matter where we are or what we are doing, we are to be diligently serving God. He sees all that we do, and rewards those who are found faithful in Him. 

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

While enjoying earthly things can be good, they become a stumbling block when we decide to place them above God. We have to focus on what is really important. Earthly things will all pass away, but the things that are above are eternal.  

There is nothing wrong with loving the life that God allowed us to have, but we have to be wise in our choices of what we do and what or whom we put first. When we put God first, everything will fall into place. We have to constantly put forth effort in our relationship with God. Spend time with Him, talk to Him, and thank Him for all the blessings we continually receive.  Tell Him your troubles and allow Him to carry your burdens. 

 Put God first.  

My challenge to you is this: 

Gaze at God and glance at life.

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Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.

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