1st Place vs 1st Base
Who plays first base for the Yankees? Ok, an easier question, who won last year's World Series? What about last year's Super Bowl? Who were the Son of God's 12 Apostles? What does God say is the most important thing we can do? I just noticed this smart machine capitalized World Series and Super Bowl automatically, but not Son of God or Apostles, I had to do that.
Anyway, back to the thought. Where is your love, the desire of your heart? If you know sports statistics (or any other subject) like the back of your hand but are clueless concerning scripture, perhaps you have your answer.
If you go to a restaurant, and they take the left overs from the last customer and serve them to you, how would you feel about that? How do you think God feels when that's all He gets from us, if even that much? God is not happy with scraps any more than we are. Giving God the left-overs of our lives isn't enough. We must put God first in our hearts!
Jesus tells us without any confusion what God expects, and while some chose to ignore it, it is still what God expects: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37, 38).
When we give God the highest place in our hearts we will also put Him first in our lives. We will offer Him the best, not the left-overs. It's perfectly ok to know who won the Super Bowl and World Series. It's even better to know God, in word and deed.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NIV