40 Best Bible Verses About Putting God First
Are YOU putting God first in your life? Are you spending quality quiet time studying God’s Word? Are you keeping God first in everything you do to gain spiritual growth and discipline? Here are 40 Bible verses about keeping God first to help you stay on the right path.
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Reasons You Should be Putting God First?
Let’s reflect on the questions I just asked you. I must admit I feel as if I’m failing miserably. I can only speak for myself and your responses are between you and God. You don’t give account to Angie, however, just like myself, we will be held accountable to God.
Now, this is not a guilt trip by no means because I realize I’m guilty. However, I’m personally making a commitment that I MUST do a better job of keeping God first. What about you friend?
God chose You First
This is a promise to hold fast to. You didn’t choose God. God chose You. It’s ALL because of Christ and you owe him your complete devotion. You may say, “Angie, Why Did God Choose Me?”
It is an undeniable fact that God has chosen you before you were ever even created. But “why” did God choose you? Is there something special about you that led God to choose you?
The simple truth of the matter is, no, God did not choose you because of anything you can bring to the table. God simply chose you because of His love and mercy towards you, so you can be used by Him to bring Glory to His name!
God chose you to demonstrate His character. He chose you so that you may know Him and love Him. Lastly, God chose you because of His never-ending love and kindness toward you.
When you put God first everything else falls into place
If you could only grasp this reality! When you are putting God first in your life, the other areas in your life will be in sync with God’s will.
You must acknowledge your love for God determines the interests you pursue, and how you prioritize your time. The following quote by Ezra Taft Benson states it far better.
“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”Ezra Taft Benson
If you’re not putting God first Change Direction
Now I don’t know about you but my priorities need adjusting. Life gets so busy pulling in many different directions. I don’t want that to sound like a lazy excuse but it’s true.
At times it feels as if you hit a brick wall trying to handle things on your own, doesn’t it? Yet it’s during this time when we finally look up and ask the Lord for help.
See you tend to make your life so complicated when the truth of the matter is if you are keeping God first in your life, everything else will line up correctly according to God’s will.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying your life will be all hunky-dory, but it does mean that God will be there to help bring order to your life.
keeping God first Means spending time in prayer
This is an area that convicts me enormously. To put it another way, you make time for everything else but don’t set aside the adequate time needed for prayer.
If we were keeping God first our prayer life would come much easier and bolder. Can you relate to this?
When you confess to being a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, you will make time for Him in prayer.
Putting God first means choosing the right motives
When you go to God in prayer “Do you do it with God’s glory in mind or your own selfishness and pride?” Yes, I’m guilty of this one as well. Now please don’t take this the wrong way.
I’m by no means saying we can’t ask God to move on our behalf. However, is this “thing” you are asking God for, is it to advance “HIS” kingdom and to be a blessing to others, or your own?
Can you say OUCH! The truth cuts deep, doesn’t it?
God longs for his children to come to Him in prayer just to be alone with your Heavenly Father. This is the beauty of prayer. Quiet time with God getting to know Him more intimately.
When you desire to draw near to the Lord it will be seen in your prayer life. This being said, how is your prayer life?
God’s direction is clear
Putting God first in your life is doing what “HE” would have you do vs what “YOU” want to do. “HIS” way vs “YOUR” way.
Trust me, it’s taken far too long for me to realize God’s ways are far higher than my own. If you are seeking God’s direction, the paths you take in life become much smoother.
When “SELF” gets in the way of allowing God to take the lead is when you make a big ole mess of things!
Can I get an AMEN?
Are we acknowledging the importance of walking with God on a daily basis?
live with eternity in mind
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4
Life is so short and everything you do or not does affect the Kingdom. God’s word states your life is like a fleeting shadow.
This alone should stop you in your tracks and fall down on your knees before the throne of grace. Ask God to reveal the changes you need to make in your lives.
Below are some questions you need to reflect on and pray over.
- What are you doing now that has an eternal purpose?
- What are you doing that’s changing your personal life or the lives of others?
- Are you living each day with an eternal purpose in mind?
- Do you really grasp the importance of sharing the gospel? Are you actually doing it?
bible verses about putting God first in your life
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
And anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:38-39
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
And God put all things under [Jesus’] feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
keep God first Above All Others
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18
That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30
Put God First In Everything You Do Quotes from the bible
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
For by him, all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires. Ephesians 4:22
To be made new in the attitude of your minds. Ephesians 4:23
And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
For “‘In him, we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring. Acts 17:28
I’ve given you many reasons to be putting God first in your life along with numerous bible verses about putting God first, now it’s up to you to apply it in your daily walk with God. May you live every day with an awareness of the presence and power of God.
God is worthy to receive our 100% attention in everything you do and say, and in everything, you think. As born-again followers of Jesus Christ, you have the Holy Spirit inside you prompting you towards righteousness in your attitudes and behavior. If you heed the convictions of the Holy Spirit, you can’t help to be putting God first in everything, right?
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