What is important to you? What is your most important thing?
The Psalms were written to help us know God, but also they help us to know ourselves. And one way that the Psalms help us is by showing us how loving and worshiping God should be the most important thing in the world to us. Listen to how King David describes it in Psalm 27:
Psalm 27:4. One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
For David the most important thing in the whole world was to “seek after God.” To “dwell (live) with God forever.” And to ” gaze upon God’s beauty.”
There is nothing better in all of life than knowing and loving God. And there is nothing better than being with God. Why? Because God will never stop loving you, no matter what you do. God will always be good. God will always be beautiful. God will always do what is the best thing. God will never sin, and never be mean, and never do anything wrong. Never, ever.
Now as you grow up, all kinds of other things are going to try to be the most important thing in your life. And most of these things will even be good. Things like playing a sport, or having a boyfriend or girlfriend, or getting good grades. Sometimes adults make their job the most important thing. Or their family. Or how they look. Or their education.
And sometimes we can make really bad things into our most important thing. Sinful things that are very selfish and dangerous.
It’s very easy to let other things be our most important thing isn’t it? And it’s very easy for things to become more important than God in our hearts. But we must remember two important things when this starts to happen:
First, all of those good things that are trying to become the most important thing in your heart came from God in the first place. So we must let those good things point your heart to the BEST thing – God!
Second, all of those important things will let you down eventually. And they definitely will if you let them be the most important thing to you. For example: if your soccer team is the most important thing to you, then when you lose, or get hurt, or make a bad play, or don’t make the team, then how do you feel? Not just a little sad, but devastated. Even angry. When something good becomes your most important thing it can start to control you, and then that good thing turns you into a bad person.
But when we make Jesus our most important thing, that will never happen. When Jesus controls you, you only become better and better, like him. You become less selfish, and less mean, and less afraid of losing something. When you make Jesus your most important thing, he will never let you down. He will always love you and always be with you. You can always go to him, and pray to him, and count on him, forever.
Because of Jesus loving and worshiping God can be our most important thing.
With Jesus we don’t have to ever be afraid of losing our most important thing.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Have everyone name something that is very important to them. Ask, “What is one way this thing might disappoint you or let you down?” Remind each other that God will never disappoint us. He’ll never stop being good or loving us.
If your family is a Harry Potter family you could use this scene of the Mirror of Erised to teach a similar lesson. When we look at what we want the most for too long it controls us and we can “go mad” as Dumbledore says. God is the only thing we can look at constantly and become better because of it.
You are the most important person to me. Help me to know that I will never spend a single moment without you.
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