PRIORITIES

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Putting first things first is immensely important. I remember a time when I started to think about what was a need and what was a want. When it comes down to the bare necessities, as someone once said, water, food, clothing and shelter would be needs don’t you think?

There was a time in my life when I didn’t have a job or any income at all, and I clearly remember sitting in my kitchen deciding what would have to be shut off first. Would it be the phone or the cable? From there it would have to be the electricity, I mean you have to have water, right? I thank God it never did come to that, but I did get some priorities in order that day.

Living like there was no tomorrow and eating, drinking and partying every night deceived me. I had a great income and never once stopped to think about what was most important or necessary in life. Losing my job, wife, friends and finally my mind, sort of had a way of clarifying a few things; maybe you can relate.

In Matthew 6 Jesus told us not to worry about what we would eat, drink or wear, but seek first the Kingdom and his righteousness. He said all of these other things would be added to us if we just did those two. It’s obvious that Jesus’ priorities lay in the Kingdom of his Father and everything else must take a back seat. Once again we tend to get caught up focusing on the temporal and visible while Jesus is looking toward that which is eternal and invisible. So glad he left us reminders of the eternal.

Jesus told us the kingdom was like a treasure hidden in a field. When the man found it he went and sold all he had to buy the field. Now that’s confidence in the worth of the treasure isn’t it? I mean he stands to end up completely broke if his hunch isn’t right. To him it is well worth it though; so he’s all in. This is exactly the way we are to see things when it comes to Jesus. He is worth everything we could ever gain in the here and now. Remember what Jesus told the man that built bigger barns? He said “what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and forfeit his own soul?”

Take a few minutes, if you will, to imagine what life would be like if we started to live it as though God’s promises were true. I mean what if we really, really didn’t have anything to worry about when it comes to our necessities? Can you imagine the reactions we would get if we were to stop living such materialistic lives? I’m not advocating that we all become Amish, but don’t we have enough stuff? I’ll finish with a couple statements from Paul. He said “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” He knew the secret to contentment with or without prosperity. His advice to Timothy was “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” We would do well to take this to heart.

Written by Louie

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