"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
Pastor Jay once commented that although his schedule is already full, he has thought that he needs to allow more time for his wife, children, grandkids, exercise, Bible, prayer, reading, discipling, organizing, writing, relaxing ……..! One of the biggest struggles a Christian will have during his or her life involves determining priorities. Many things demand the use of our time and talents and we must decide how best to use them. We try to discern the things that are excellent and how to make the best use of our opportunities. We pray, recall relevant Scripture, make our plans, then submit it all to God for His approval or disapproval. According to God’s values, and not our own desires, do we arrange our activities according to the things God considers most important?
We have God-given responsibilities in every area of our life ….spiritual, social, emotional, family, physical, intellectual, occupational, church, Christian service, financial, home, etc. Whew! How can we provide adequate and balanced time for all these life priorities required in the Bible?
Right priorities begin with God. To receive God’s guidance, we acknowledge Him in all our ways which means turning every area of life over to Him. What are my values and priorities? What is important to me? In what areas do I restrict or ignore Him? What is His advice? If we make Him a vital part of everything we do, He will guide us and we will be working to accomplish His purposes.
Right priorities grow out of consistent dependence on God. To make the Kingdom of God my primary concern means to turn to God first for help, to fill my thoughts with His desires and to serve and obey Him in everything. Again, what is really important to me? People, objects, goals and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly push God out of first place if I don’t deliberately choose to give Him first place in every area of my life.
Right priorities grow out of obedience to Christ. Jesus commands us to follow Him unconditionally and that forces us to frequently examine our priorities. Even though other loyalties compete for our attention, our decision to follow Jesus should be our first priority in all areas of our life. God bless you as you live out your total commitment to Him!
Posted on Thu, June 27, 2013
by Dave Jones