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Getting God Off the Back Burner

By: Bethany Baird

I looked my husband in the eyes and told him how much I loved him. I said, “You are the most important person to me. I can’t imagine loving you any more than I already do. You are so valuable and special to me.”

After my little time of sharing He said, “I love you too! Let’s get a cup of coffee and sit down and talk. I’d love to share my heart with you and hear what’s on your heart.”

As much as I love Him, I looked back and said, “I am really busy . . . I just don’t have any time. I love you so much, but I just don’t have any time to spare. I have so much on my plate. In fact, I’m going to be busy for the next couple of years. How about we touch base once a week for a quick five minutes?”

Confession Time!

Okay. Confession time! I’m not married. That story was just pretend to help make my point.

So often I say those very words about God, “You are my number one priority. I can’t imagine loving you any more than I already do. You are so valuable and special to me.”

In my heart, I know that God is the most important thing in my life. He is the best. The greatest. The most valuable.

Then I read verses like Romans 5:8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And I see that He loves me too.

Then push comes to shove. My love is put to the test. Is God really my number one priority, or am I just a bunch of talk?

In the story above I said all of the right things, but my actions proved something different. I told my “husband” that “I’m really busy. I don’t have time. I have so much on my plate. Let’s stay in touch once a week.”

If I were actually married and that story were true, it would be hard to believe that I truly valued my husband if I didn’t make him a priority in any way, shape, or form. If I didn’t have any time to spare, my words would feel hollow.

That story is only a physical example of what we tend to do with God. I know it’s a choice I’ve made many times. I say that God is my number one priority, but my actions say something different.

Making Time for What Matters

The truth is, we all make time for the things that really matter. Many times the things that take priority are our friends, social media, movies, music, and magazines. Before we know it, God is on the back burner, and we’ve prioritized everything else above Him.

I don’t want that to be my story. I love God. I love His Word. I’m so grateful that He saved me. I want to know Him on a personal level. I want to know His plan for my life. I want to know how He wants me to live. How can I know those things if I don’t spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word?

I read the Bible because I love God, and I want to know Him personally.

Mark 12:30 is the desire of my heart. It says, “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.”

That is God’s desire for us. That we would love Him with all that we are. How can we do that? By spending time with Him on a daily basis and making Him a priority in our lives.

There are lots of important reasons to read the Bible, including making God our number one priority.

I would love to hear your thoughts on why you read your Bible. Is God a priority in your life? Do you back up your words through your actions? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

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Getting God Off the Back Burner

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  • Celtic Princess

    Ouch! This one hit me right in the day planner! Thank you so much for this convicting post!

    • I was really convicted by it too. I guess that’s why it was so easy to write 🙂

  • Allie

    Imagine that your dad tells to your mom, “Honey, I don´t love you anymore. But don´t worry I will provide for you, I’ll help you whenever you need my help, I’ll even hug you sometimes if you want me to, but I just wanted you to know that I don’t love you.” That would break your mother´s heart! It´s a picture of our relationship with God sometimes.

    Sometimes we just say we love Him and we are thankful for what He’ve done for us. Sometimes we serve Him, and do many things, but we are not living for loving Him.
    When I read that, it really changed my perspective of my relationship with God.

    How couldn’t we love that amazing God??? Well, we’ll never do it if we don´t learn how amazing He is, and we don´t learn it if we don´t read the Bible and if we don´t pour our hearts before Him.

    I’ve found out that before I had a relationship with God, my life was full of fear and confussion. But now, even when I have doubts and fears, I know that God takes my hand and guides me!! And that even when His will is not what I’ve chosen, it is the best and makes me want to honor Him in the middle of my trials and in the middle of my joy!!

    John Piper once said something like, “Don´t waste your life in small things, we were made to know this massive God.” It is so true! If we know God, the love of Christ, when we delight in Him, we´ll have a heart to serve Him, to witness faithfully, and everything will fall in the right place!

    This is what the Lord says:
    “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
    but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
    that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
    declares the Lord.
    Jeremiah 9:23-24

    • Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 I love that quote by John Piper, “Don´t waste your life in small things, we were made to know this massive God.”

  • Rach

    Fantastic post! I think it’s soooo important to make time to spend alone with God every day! If you find it hard when you’re single it gets even more difficult when you’re married and blessed with kids. I know, I was blessed with three fantastic kids inside 2 and a half years. Nothing beats time alone with God. If you find it difficult to make time, sometimes an accountability partner can be helpful. If you know someone is going to ask you where you read each day it may make you more motivated to organise your time better. Also pray about help to make the time, God loves you and I know from experience He will answer your prayer. Just a few thoughts.

    • Rach, Thanks so much for sharing you wisdom with us. It’s great to hear from women who are a few steps ahead of us. Great advice 🙂

  • Abby

    Awesome post! 🙂 I admit, sometimes in my devotional time with God I seem to rush it a bit to “get it over with” because I worry about having enough time to get ready in the morning, etc. It’s an awesome reminder that we need to take time every day to spend time in His word…for many purposes, like finding out more about Him, knowing His will for your life, developing a deeper relationship with Him, etc. Also, it’s important to allow Him to speak to you throughout the day as well. He’s right by our sides, wanting to help us through the day. He LOVES us and desires a deeper relationship with us because of his unconditional love for us. It’s like He’s everyone’s best friend – cause He is. 🙂

  • franciscolopezus

    I’m not a girl and have no idea about how I got here. Probably this is a result of watching Bruckner’s last Finale. Although I am in my secular life an Economist, my great love is classical music and I compose. This is the way I talk with Him, even if I am not religious. That play struck a chord on me, as I love Bruckner’s music, and, as happens with probably every composer, in spite of their human defects, I share, and know in my flesh, that sensation of being visited, may be by angels, or God himself. After reading your post, I realize why your acting seemed so sincere, not just great acting (all were wonderful and really enjoyable). God bless you Sarah. PS: of the characters you interpreted, the most I liked was Bruckner’s childhood friend who feed the Geese. May be because at some point I was very poor…and my hands were very dirty.


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