The First Commandment – No Other Gods
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:2-3, NIV
Once a month, I’ll look at one of the 10 Commandments, and near the end of the year I’ll look at some key commands from Jesus. Hopefully, I can help you begin to think of ways to let the Commandments inspire your writing.
The First and Most Important
No other gods. God wants to be first in our life.
What does that mean to you? What changes do you need to make to put Him first in your life? What obstacles stand in your way? What happens when your heart grows cold? How do you stir your spiritual passion for God?
It’s so easy to get distracted and forget all about God. Take your readers on your journey as you struggle with this by writing a personal experience piece. Show them they’re not alone. You know how difficult it is.
Offer practical advice and show them the things that worked for you with a how-to article. Show them that putting God first is doable.
Not Limited to Nonfiction
You can share your journey and help your readers in other ways. Create a character in your fiction who struggles with putting God first. Show their successes and their failures. Make it real and don’t give pat answers.
We know that it hurts God when we forget about Him. It hurts us, too. Share your heart through your poetry. Write a devotional to encourage your readers to search God’s Word. Offer insights on praise Psalms. Introduce them to Bible characters who struggled with putting God first.
What About Children?
Even at a young age, children can understand putting God first. Write a story or offer insights to them in a nonfiction piece. Write to their age level.
From a Broader Perspective
How does putting God first affect the way you relate to Him? The way you relate to others? The way you grow your marriage? The way you parent? The way you do your work? The way you use your time? The way you serve others?
How does it impact you when someone wrongs you? When you need to forgive? When you strive to become more Christlike? What other choices does it affect?
Putting God first impacts every area of our life. How can you use this commandment in your writing?
© Deborah Christensen