Let go of anything that that distracts you from making God your top priority. Anything that you devote more time and energy to God and don’t submit to God’s reign can become an idol that controls your life, preventing you from enjoying the freedom you can experience if God is at the center of your life. Be honest about whatever may be competing with God for first place in your life: a relationship with another person, your career, an unhealthy habit, etc. Make whatever sacrifices you need to make to truly make God your top priority. You won’t regret doing so, and you’ll be able experience more of God’s blessings as a result.

Recognize how your worship is connected to eternity. When you worship God, you’re not disconnected from others, worshiping Him alone. You’re connected to all of the many Christians living on the planet right now, plus all of the saints in heaven – and even the angels who are constantly worshiping God. Plus, worship is one activity that will continue forever, throughout history and beyond the end of the world. So join in the “endless hallelujah” of worshiping God often, expecting to encounter God in the midst of your worship. Enjoy building bonds of love between God, yourself, and others who love God during worship. As people who don’t yet know God watch the joy you experience while worshiping Him, the light of His love will shine through your life into theirs, and they’ll be motivated to seek God and worship Him themselves.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles (http://angels.about.com/). Contact Whitney at angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer.