Happy Valentine’s season, friends!!! 💜💛♥️
I was listening to my audio bible last Tuesday when I found something very interesting and instructive. God told His people in Exodus 13:2, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”
To consecrate something means to dedicate it to God, to make it special. As I meditated on this verse, it occurred to me the significance of making a first thing special to God. Do you remember what Proverbs 3:9 says? “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”
Dedicating a first to God is both a form of worship and a show of love.
Dedicating a first to God is both an act of worship and a show of love.Tweet
Now, this is the season of love. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, friends. And you all know how much importance we generally attached to firsts. 😊
“The first time we met…” 😻
“The first time she said my name, …” 🥺
“The first time I met his family…”
As if the first would determine the trajectory of the rest. But won’t it?
I remember the first time @TheMrBen and I really talked. 😊 We had only met the previous day when he joined our work unit; and the following day, our shift was to oversee the production plant. Folks, we talked that night. If you know either of us personally, you will agree that none of us are typically talkative. 😃 But gurl, we taaaalkked. For several hours. We monitored the unit, drained lines, took samples, did whatever had to be done and came back to continue like there had been no pauses.
In our minds, we probably thought we were strangers just getting to know each other. I thought I was gleaning ideas from someone who had advanced in the career path I was envisioning. We didn’t know that that night was a spark and that years after, we will be bonded in love under God as husband and wife. 🥰
An amazing first talk it was, wasn’t it?
In this special Valentine piece, I would like to highlight a few firsts we are required as Christians to consistently present to God because we love and honour Him.
The First Affection
Tomorrow, you will probably leave a note by your spouse’s bedside; do a sweet shout-out to your parents/children on social media or send a box of chocolates to that sister in church who you are hoping will get to notice you. 😜 You may even send it to her and her roommates, so it doesn’t seem like you are being too forward. 🤣
All well and good. 👍🏽
The thing is, above anyone else who has a special place in our hearts should be God.
We need to consistently check to ensure that no one becomes more important to us than God. He takes first place. And when we notice anything or anyone taking God’s place, we need to take action and rearrange. And you know what God’s love language is? Obedience to His instructions and His pattern for living.
The beautiful thing is, when we love God first, we love others best!
When we love God first, we love others well.Tweet
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me — the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” Jeremiah 2:13
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:4
The first minute(s) of the day
Fewer things reflect love and a life of devotion like talking to God in the very first minute when we wake up, in that first conscious breath. The struggle is especially real with the notifications that flood our devices; and the desire to quickly flip through email and social media. But when we say, “Everything else can wait. Thank You Lord for another day. I want it to be a day with You Lord,” it is a beautiful act of worship.
Other firsts that we can dedicate to God include our first hope (not momma, not the weighty bank account), our first loyalty, our first desire and our first (and highest) ambition.
A prayer for my single friends ❤️
I pray that you will not feel pressured by the emphasis on love and relationships in this season. If you desire to be in a loving relationship, I pray that your expectation will come true soonest. And that while you wait, you will not give in to the enticement to settle for less, or yield to a “show of love” that dishonours God and your values. ❤️ I know what it’s like to have days so solo and quiet, you could hear a pin drop. 😬 And I know what it’s like to enjoy one’s space, loving oneself and others immensely. The goal is to rock godly Singlehood while waiting for the next phase. 😉 I pray that in your case as well, the wait will be absolutely worth it. 🏅
Hey, have you listened to Lauren Diagle’s “First”? Beautiful, beautiful worship song. Another theme song on my mind as I wrote this post is William Murphy's "One Pure and Holy Passion." Have a listen if you get the chance.