Keeping God first in everything is essential. I’ve found one way I can put God first daily is to have quiet time. If I am unwilling to meet the Lord each morning when I wake up, that means I’m putting somebody or something else before Him.
For example, how many people have thought seriously about not checking their cell phone first thing in the morning? It may simply be a habit or perhaps an addiction. Either way the person who is unwilling to adjust their behavior (which is keeping them from reading the Word of God), may be the same one who is having trouble making the payments on the TV, internet, or computer service that is keeping them from doing the things that would help them grow closer to the Lord.
It can be a vicious cycle. Along with these devices and the dozens of ads urging us to buy, spend, and charge, is it any wonder that so many are so molded by this world? Tackling the addiction by swapping your current phone for an old school flip phone until you’re not an addict may seem extreme but might be necessary.
So, having a quiet time is one way we can put God first. I believe another is to commit right off the top—10% of your income to the Lord’s work. Proverbs 3:9 says “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase”.
Obeying God’s word is valuable. Giving to Him is essential and beneficial. I’ve found tithing to be worthwhile because it truly teaches me to put God first in my life.
This principle of giving a tenth has spilled over into many areas in my life including personal finance. It has taught me discipline and was key in gaining better money habits. As I consistently gave to God first I have also developed the habit of saving 10% of my income. It became a learned behavior that eventually lead me to other biblical principles on how I should handle money.
As we learn to keep God first, we can know the joy that comes from trusting and obeying God and see those benefits spill over into our finances and in every other area of life.