Living by God’s Design

Most people have a favorite sport and team they like to follow. And there is nothing wrong with that; God wants us to enjoy our lives. He designed us to work, play and to worship HIM, not a football team, basketball team, race car driver, etc.

I used to be a real fanatic over a ACC basketball team. But soon after I rededicated my life and service to Jesus, I realized my emotions were too connected to the idea of that team being the best. So, I stopped following the team. I still enjoy watching a basketball game but no more on a ‘have to tune in tonight’ basis.

What would our nation be like if we all were as radically excited about Jesus as we are about the Super Bowl, the NCAA Championship, the Daytona 500, or the Kentucky Derby?

Some people are not fanatics of sport but enjoy hobbies like the beach, boating, secular music groups and concerts. In other words, many times we are just not spectators, we are active participants of our hobbies and points of interests. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. God wants us to relax and have fun. BUT He also wants us to worship HIM! Everything has its appropriate time and place by God’s design.

What kind of foundation are we building in our children’s lives when we trade Sunday worship time for a hobby? More importantly, what are we saying to God?

Professing Christ-centered families and homes should place Jesus first, before everything. If we do, it will go without discussion that time with God is priority over all other activities.

If we want our children to put God first, we must worship God with them, before everything else and put first God before everything else.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6: 24