Hey, you there. Yeah, you. The one with the busy life and all the responsibilities. I’ll let you in on a little secret that will change everything for you. Are you ready?
Many people go through life without finding meaning and end up feeling unfulfilled.
But don’t worry, I’m here to help. By the end of this blog, you’ll have a clear idea of what will make your life more meaningful and fulfilling.
If you want to make an eternal difference in this world, you must put God first since the quality of your relationship with Him defines the impact you will have in this world.
Jesus taught his disciples, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Only when they followed this commandment did they stop being afraid and start following God’s plan for them.
Let me give you 6 reasons why putting God first will help you live a meaningful life.
While proclaiming the Good News in Corinth, the apostle Paul was threatened and harassed and became afraid for his personal well-being. One night, God spoke to him in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you or harm you.” Paul trusted Him and stayed in that city for another year and a half to teach God’s Word. Because Paul put God first, God took care of him and showered him with love and peace.
I, too, have experienced God’s love and peace when I put God first. One year in my previous company, I was assigned to do a fun but complicated project: to produce a video that showcased our leading technologies in global development. With the help of a professional video producer, we had to write a script, shoot footage at six different sites in Europe, and edit the piece — all within two months. It seemed like an impossible mission; at first, I felt overwhelmed.
Luke, the author of the book of Acts, does not mention how the disciples felt as they waited in the upper room for the Holy Spirit to arrive. Those days seem to be an in-between time, full of uncertainty. It appeared that they had lost a vision of a better future.
Then, after the miracle of Pentecost, the believers put God first by going out and proclaiming God’s Word to all who would listen. Afterward, they gathered in the upper room again, and this time Luke uses many emotional words to describe them: “They received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God.” They were full of joy because “The fruit of the Spirit is […] joy.”
Jesus came into this world to create a movement of radical followers. He poured years of His life into training twelve young men. If you had seen them when Jesus first chose His disciples—fishermen, revolutionaries, and even a tax collector—you might have suggested that Jesus find better-qualified trainees.
Fortunately, He paid less attention to the believers’ outward appearances than what was inside their hearts. They all moved Jesus to the top of their priority list, and, as a result, Jesus made their lives count. He equipped them to partake in the most extraordinary rescue mission the world has ever seen.
Jesus gave his followers the power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead. In an age when many people never left their home villages, the disciples traveled all over the region, spreading the Good News. Historical documents show that Thomas went all the way to India. In ancient times, such a trip was like going to the moon.
Likewise, God invites you to go on a journey with Him. He wants to make your life count, too. In the past, you may have accomplished lofty goals that benefited a small segment of society. Well done! God is proud of you. But God wants you to do even more.
When we invite God, He will direct our path. And when we let Him do that, He will guide us to unimaginable places.
On Pentecost morning, the disciples were in the upper room, waiting for what would come next. According to the Bible, “They stayed in one place,” which was passive and small. But when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they hurried into the city and spoke to the crowd in many different languages, spreading the Good News. They went from being passive to being very active. Through God’s guidance, the community of the first believers became vibrant, and miracles happened.
How do you feel about your life? Do you wish it had more meaning and purpose? Remember that Jesus has a mission for you, just as He had one for the disciples. If you feel lost or unsatisfied, ask Him for guidance, and He will show you how to make a true difference.
If your life has become overly busy with work or family life, know that Jesus’s invitation is waiting for you, too. He is calling to you, saying, “Follow me and I’ll make you a fisher of men.” He wants you to use your talents, skills, resources, and career to build God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
The Holy Spirit will transform your character flaws if you ask Him to so that, over time, you will become a new and improved version of yourself—more loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. Have you ever wondered why you admire these characteristics in others but fail to make the changes necessary in yourself to acquire these desirable traits? Especially since you know these improvements would make you a better version of yourself.
Let’s look at that promise once more: The Holy Spirit will transform your character flaws. This means that you need to let the Holy Spirit do the work. If you try to do it on your own, you will fail. That is why Paul encourages us to become spirit-let people: so we can experience God’s wonderful healing and transformation.
And don’t forget where these desirable traits come from. In Colossians, it says, “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” God is renewing you so you’ll become more like Him: the Creator of the Universe.
If you decide to go all in with God, He will give you a purpose greater than yourself. It will be as if you were playing Super Mario Bros, skipped a few levels, and ended up in a secret bonus level.
You first must build a solid spiritual foundation to make your life meaningful. It starts with improving your relationship with God. The one thing that will make your life more meaningful is putting God first.
Because when you put Him first, you begin your journey of making an eternal difference. The more intimate the relationship you develop with God, the more significant impact you will have, and the more meaningful your life will become.