In this day and age, people really don’t even think about having God as part of their list, and if he makes it on the list, he usually ends up at the bottom until something terrible happens in our life. Then, we move him to the top and once that is over, he goes back to the bottom of the list until he’s needed again — saved for a rainy day — if you know what I mean.
In the book of Psalms 57:7 King David wrote; “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed.” David the king had set God as his top priority and not only for the moment. King David was looking for the long-term relationship with God. God, who is living, breathing, who has eyes that can see and ears that can hear and a mouth that speaks, wants to be top priority in our lives.
The scripture tells us in Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
If that isn’t putting God as top priority, then I don't know what is: “all thine heart, all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Make him top priority and make it long term, and get in it for the long haul. God never intended to have a short-term relationship. When God gets into a relationship, his intentions are always long term — “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed.”
The Rev. Edward Jimenez is pastor of Pentecostals of Patterson. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.