Putting God First
I’m preaching this weekend for Pastor Chuck as he’s away in Haiti. We’re continuing with our stewardship talks, this week focusing on putting God first in our lives. It’s a tough order. We’ll be looking at the first Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
I like watching Battlestar Galactica. (Jaime would tell you that’s all I ever watch, but I also watch Lost, House and 24, just to name a few, so that’s not entirely accurate.) Now, any good space (or submarine/underwater) movie has to have the obligatory “we’re leaking!” moment. You know how this goes. The ship starts leaking air into space/water and someone has to solve the problem by closing a hatch. And of course, there’s always someone on the other side of the hatch that will have to die, causing the hatch-closer to pause. At this point, the Commander or other authority figure usually says something dramatic like “If you don’t close that hatch, we all die! Do it!” They close the hatch, watch the person die just seconds from escaping, then go about the business of saving the ship, all of which happens in about 20 minutes.
The first Commandment is a little bit like that hatch. It’s the gateway to all other sins. If we could do it 100% of the time, we’d be without sin. Putting God first in our lives means we’d never struggle with idolatry, murder, lust, greed, gossip, coveting, envy or any other type of sin. We’d be too busy focusing on Jesus to get into all that other trouble. But how do we do it?
Well, you’ll have to tune in this weekend (or Tuesday for the online version) to find out. 🙂