Priorities in the Christian Life
What are your priorities? What is truly important to you? The answer to both of these questions is revealed in how you spend your time. We may say that God’s Word is a priority in our lives, but do we spend more time on the computer or cell phone than we do in the Bible? We can say that God’s house is a priority in our lives, but are we more concerned with sports and shopping than we are with church attendance?
Here are some simple yet helpful thoughts on priorities in the Christian life.
• There is a time and a place for everything.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything. As Christians we must schedule our time properly. You always make time for things that are important to you. So if you say you do not have time to do something, basically you are saying that it is not that important to you.
• Determine what is most important.
In Luke 10, Mary and Martha were both doing important things. Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to what He had to say. Martha was busy serving and doing all that she could to take care of all of the details. Jesus saw that Martha was worried about “many things.” Jesus said, “One thing is needful.” Mary was caring for the one thing that was most important. She was spending time with her Savior.
• Take care of first things first.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The command is given to seek the kingdom of God first. If you will give God first place in your life, all of the other areas will fall into place.
• The Christian life is simple.
At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon sums up life with two statements. “Fear God and keep his commandments.” The Christian life must be lived with a good attitude and proper actions. Our lives are so busy and so crazy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If we will just keep our priorities right, we can enjoy a life of peace and blessing.