I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and weighed on my heart for quite some time.

Many times throughout life, you will find yourself placing things above God, no matter how good, holy, or obedient you try to be. It’s part of human nature to go through phases of prioritizing things over others, whether it’s intentional or not.

So, consider these three categories: people, possessions, and professions. What do you struggle with placing below God and surrendering to him?

Maybe you’re in a relationship and your boyfriend is of utmost importance at this point in your life. He became your life and what you look forward to each and every day. Instead of going to God for validation, guidance, or joy, you look to him to fulfill all your needs. This is an example of prioritizing a person over God.

Maybe it’s your phone, your computer, your Netflix account, etc. that takes you away from God. I know there are times when my phone can act as a distraction while I’m spending time in the Word and pulls my mind and attention elsewhere. This is an example of prioritizing possessions over God.

Or maybe it’s your bank account that gets you out of bed in the morning. You’re so focused on having a successful career that money is the driving factor in your life. You never truly feel satisfaction because you’re always waiting for that next paycheck. This is an example of making your job your #1 priority.

When I think of those chasing after a career, money, success, etc., I think of Matthew 6:24. It says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Desiring a successful career is one thing, but to become obsessed with your job is another. When we put our hope and trust in the Lord, good things will come our way! He knows our past, present, and future and will guide us into what’s best for our lives.

People, possessions, and professions are good things to focus on throughout your life. It’s good to prioritize the important things that you care deeply about whether that be your boyfriend or your career, but it becomes a problem when we lose sight of God in the process.

Write down the top 10 things you consider your greatest priorities. Then consider how each one plays a role in your life. Does it take you away from God or push you closer to him? Do you often seek it out for satisfaction and fulfillment? These are good questions to ask yourself to know if you’re living for the right or wrong things.

God wants your love, attention, and dependence. Don’t ignore him by giving yourself to temporary, worldly things. Talk to him and let him guide your focus onto what’s important: God’s joy, love, peace, and eternal satisfaction!

– Chelsea