I’m so excited to welcome Brittany from Equipping Godly Women on my virtual back porch today. Over the last year I’ve watched her reach out to women in online communities and help them grow both in their relationships with God and in their online influence, sometimes saying the hard things we don’t want to hear but we really need to. It’s been a joy to cheer one another on in the ministries God has given us, and this week she’s celebrating the one-year anniversary of her website as well as the launch of her first book! I can’t wait for you to get to know her and hear her heart for women to make God a priority in their lives.
I’m not the jealous type. At least, I don’t think I am. When my husband worriedly confessed to me that some random older lady kissed him one time when he was out with friends but he did NOT kiss back, I seriously laughed so hard. That was a few years ago now, and I still think it’s absolutely hilarious.
There are times when I do get a little jealous though. Mostly when he spends too much time with his friends and I start to feel like he likes them more than me. That spending time with them is “fun,” but spending time with me is just an “obligation” — something he does because he’s a good man and he’s “supposed” to, not because he actually wants to.
(To be fair, I want him to be happy and I do always encourage him to go out with his friends and have fun. Just as long as he spends time with me first!)
Do you ever feel that way about your husband? Did you know that God feels the same way about you?
“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
— Exodus 34:14
Could you imagine if your husband never wanted to spend any time with you? You better believe if my husband only wanted to see me one hour a week (if that), I would not be a happy camper! I don’t need him to spend every waking minute with me by any means, but I do want him to WANT to spend time with me, to spend time with me often and to make sure our times together are quality. I’m sure it’s the same way in your marriage too.
So, why do we think that God would be happy with one distracted hour a week on Sundays? Why do we think that just showing up and going through the motions is enough? Is God supposed to be happy with that?
The truth is, God is a jealous God. Not jealous in the “show up at your house with a baseball bat if you neglect to call” kind of way, but jealous in the “I want and expect to be your #1 priority” kind of way. And honestly, I don’t blame Him. He created us. He’s madly in love with us. He sent His son to die for us. He strengthens and sustains us. He has provided us with all good things.
And yet, how often do we completely neglect to pay attention to Him, only to chase after every little thing instead?
- We spend hours on social media every week, but find it hard to take one hour to go to church.
- We regularly buy new clothes, shoes or “stuff” for our home, but rarely put anything in the offering plate.
- We fill our minds with questionable movies and books, but can’t find the time to read the Word.
- We ignore the solid teachings of the Bible in exchange for the teachings of the world, and then wonder why things don’t work out.
- And when times are tough, we turn to food or sleep instead of turning to Him
…all while congratulating ourselves for being good little Christians, just because we don’t do any of the “big” sins that we know we aren’t supposed to get wrapped up in.
But is that enough?
Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
No, God’s not happy with your “Well, at least I’m not as bad as….” or your “I’m sure He’ll understand…” He doesn’t need your “Well, at least it’s something…” or your “Hey, it’s better than….”
He wants to be your #1 priority. Your focus, goal and aim in every area of your life. Your “One Thing Alone.” Even when–especially when–it’s difficult, inconvenient or scary. And He deserves nothing less. Are you all in?
Feeling convicted but not sure where to start? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Brittany’s new ebook, “Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life“ that just launched on Amazon yesterday. I’ve read it already, and it’s definitely the encouraging, straight-forward and practical kick in the pants all of us need at times! Plus, it’s FREE for a limited time only. Grab your copy today!
A devoted Christian, wife and mother, Brittany loves helping other women grow in these roles as well. When she isn’t busy taking care of her growing family, you can find her at Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares tips, tricks and encouragement to help you be the amazing woman God created you to be. Brittany also has a thriving online community on Facebook as well.