What’s important and in what order are your priorities. They can be general for your life or specific to a task or goal. Having priorities is important because it gives you direction. They shows others what’s important to you.
Where does God fit in your priorities? Are you a casual Christian where Jesus is important if it’s convenient? Are you willing to obey only when everyone else is?
Or are you serious about your commitment? Are you still obedient when you’re the only one? What about when others may mock you? What about when you have a conflict in commitments?
When asked what is the greatest commandment Jesus answered in Matthew 22:37
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind [emphasis mine]
He didn’t put any qualifiers. He knew following Him wouldn’t always be easy or convenient. In Luke 9:23 Jesus told the people
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. [emphasis mine]
He knew Christians would face persecution for His sake. In Mark 8:35 Jesus says
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
I believe this isn’t just talking about martyrs, but those who give up worldly pleasures, the easy life, for His sake. We need to be making Him the most important priority in our life. He goes on to challenge in the next 2 verses:
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
In Matthew 18:29, Jesus talks about those who have major sacrifice to make Him their first priority
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
There was a youth ball team last year who did really well and made it to the state championships. It was a team from a Christian school. One of the games was to be held on Sunday. However, the team refused to play on the Lord’s day. They gave up a chance at the state title for their faith.
Some might say this is taking things to extreme. After all, it was just one Sunday and the team had worked hard for a long time to have this chance. Yet, He was a higher priority and they were faithful. Jesus says in Luke 16:10
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
I admit that I have been a casual Christian in my priorities. I’ve let other commitments come first rather than finding a way to put Jesus first. Now I realize what a sin that was. I’m striving to be faithful in the least, but am far from perfect.
So are you striving to be faithful in the little things as well? Are you encouraging your children and family to also? Is Jesus always at the top of your priority list? If not, what are you doing about it?
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