TOP TEN LIFE HACKS
#1 Undivided Devotion
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Ex. 20:3
The First Commandment is about Loyalty. The Creator of the universe declares He is our God and our deliverer and asks us to demonstrate our love for Him by having no other Gods. The First Commandment is the first of a series of four that define our relationship to our Heavenly Father. Establishing, developing and maintaining that personal relationship with the true and living God is the most important commitment we can ever make. That is the primary focus of the first of the Ten Commandments, You shall have no other gods before Me. We should love, honour and respect Him so much that He alone is the supreme authority and model in our lives. He alone is God. We should allow nothing to prevent us from serving and obeying Him.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws….
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding. Psalms 119:30, 32 (NIV)
1 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV)
Veggie Tales Version of the Ten Commandments
- Y’all have no other Gods b’fore Me.
2. No makin’ idols.
3. When y’all use my name, y’better mean it.
4. Lay off the trail one day a week.
5. Mind yer Ma and Pa.
6. No killin’ folks.
7. Dance with who brung ya.
8. No swipin’.
9. No lyin’.
10. No hankerin’ for things that ain’t yours.
Exodus 20:2 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
This commandment is “is the foundation of all true religion.” — Thomas Watson
“Not a particle of [God’s] glory is to be withheld: everything belonging to him must be reserved to him entire.” — John Calvin
1. THE PRINCIPLE: PUT GOD FIRST
2. HOW DO I PUT GOD FIRST?
“9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)
“22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year…. so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.” Deut. 14:22-23 (NIV)
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
“Whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory.” I Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalms 50:15 (NIV)