• Nick Henderson

How to keep Christ first in your life

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” - Deuteronomy 6:5

In 1498, Leonardo Da Vinci finished his famous painting, “the last supper” featuring Jesus Christ and his disciples. As one would expect, there were many admirers who wanted to see it.

Upon seeing the masterpiece for the first time, one man commented on how detailed a cup on the table was. Da Vinci proceeded to grab a brush, quickly blot out the cup and remarked to the man: “NOTHING shall distract from the face of my master!”

If only we were as vigilant in not letting things distract us from our Savior.

We live in a time where the social norm is to keep Christ on the back burner.

He has become no more than an accessory in our life, let alone an Awesome savior that drives and sustains it.

Instead of being our first priority, He has become lots of people’s last resort.

Yet, most of you reading this would earnestly say that Jesus Christ and your faith is the most important thing to you. But, how can that be when all of your time, energy and effort is spent building every other aspect of your life besides your relationship with him?

We spend 8-10 hours a day at work, but can’t find 15 minutes in the morning for a quiet time.

We will study for days for a final exam, but haven’t prayed authentically in weeks.

We will make sales call after sales call to get a nice commission, but get cold feet when it comes to sharing the gospel with someone.

It’s time to step up.

With that said, here are some tangible things you can do to keep Christ first in your life:

1. Start your day with bible reading and prayer.

Before you go digital, go biblical. No bible, no breakfast. Seriously, what you do first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Set the tone for a great, God - glorifying day.

2. Audit your subscriptions and social media.

What YouTube accounts do you watch? What Podcasts do you listen to? Who do you follow on Instagram? Do these accounts or content creators point you towards the Almighty Creator? Follow and subscribe to people who build your faith up, not tear it down.

3. Share the Gospel with others.

Not only is this a commandment, it’s a great way to build your commitment to Christ! To share your faith requires a devotion and reliance that cannot be had otherwise. God has not given you influence for you, he gave it to you for Him - use it as such.

In light of this, it’s key to understand that we don’t do these things to make God love us. We do them because He already does.

We give everything we have for the one who gave His only - begotten Son for a salvation we certainly don’t deserve. (John 3:16)

We live for the one who died for us.

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