“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3 KJV
Did you realize that every single person on earth has values? Now, they may not be GOOD values, but values, nonetheless. Even the mafia and drug lords have values. Even Hitler had values. Confusion about values comes because man starts at the wrong place – with himself. We’re filled with a culture of many people that are seeking to do what is “right in their own eyes” and it’s led to chaos – morally, spiritually, emotionally and relationally. I urge you to start with God’s number one commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Some argue that what is most important to you is really your god. So, what’s most important to you? Is it family, success, money, power, and possessions, happiness? What is your most important value? When it’s anyone or anything besides God, it’s a ‘god’ (little ‘g’) and our value orientation gets out of whack.
When we start from the wrong place, we always wind up lost and confused, following false ‘gods.’ God says, “Start with Me; put Me first and all other values have a way of falling into place.” It’s the key to having the right values.