Is God a Priority?

How do you get youth to commit to youth group?

How do you get church members to commit to church?

Same question, I think; only slight difference.

This was a discussion we had yesterday in a group called “YouthWorker Roundtable.”  The way the issue was raised particularly interested me; it came up in the context of youth (of course) wanting “to make God a priority.”

Can you make God a priority without your youth group or church being a priority?

No, you can’t.

Let me clarify: I don’t mean you have to be part of an established, institutionalized church.

What I do mean is that no, you cannot worship God the same way in the privacy of your home or on the lake or the golf course as we do in the church.

Beginning a couple hundred years ago, the church, especially the church in the US worked hard to free up God from the Church.  In doing so, we separated such things as “making God a priority” from any particular evidence in one’s life that God is, in fact, a priority.

The proper follow-up question to the claim of “I’m making God a priority” is “how?”  Not a judgmental or sarcastic or holier-than-thou “how?” but a “how?” nevertheless.

Published by Steve Heyduck

I am a United Methodist pastor, currently appointed as Pastor of OvillaUnited Methodist Church in Ovilla, Texas. I am also the husband of Rachel and father of 3 - Robbie, Eliza, and Liam. I am an ardent nonconstantian and a postmodern Christian. (I am also happy to talk with you about what these things mean to me)

3 thoughts on “Is God a Priority?

  1. Hey Steve, I’m curious. What is the basis of the statement ” Beginning a couple hundred years ago, the church, especially the church in the US worked hard to free up God from the Church.” Anyway you can say more without going into a long theology lesson? Thx, Rebecca

  2. Make God a priority by seeking Him, His Word, His direction first everyday. Even Jesus went off by himself early in the morn to pray to His father. Man, that means we have to more if not the same.

    We also really have to take His commandment in Exodus literally and really put no other gods before him.

    The question becomes, What has taken God’s place from being first in your life and then how are you going to change that.

    Just my thoughts,


    1. Thank you, Lance, for your response. I agree with what you write. In light of my post, though, where would you say that the church, or one’s community of faith fits in to making God a priority?

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