Do You Have Your Priorities in Order?


 During the formative years of my Christian life, a small, yet spiritually potent booklet providentially crossed my path. Its title speaks for itself:  “The Tyranny of the Urgent” (by Charles Hummel). 

The author of this tiny publication helped me to see that my priorities were completely twisted because I allowed myself to be pushed around by the many pressing demands upon me. That is, it showed me that our main obstacle in the daily battle of living the Christian life can typically be narrowed down to our own failure to prevent the less important matters from squeezing out our true priorities (Song of Solomon 2:15). What are those daily priorities? (1) God and our relationship to Him [John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 22:37-40; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:9, et al]; (2) Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him [Matthew 6:33; Colossians 1:18; Philippians 3:12-16, et al]; (3) Our family relationships [Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7, et al]; (4) Our relationship with our local Church and other believers [Luke 18:28-30; Hebrews 10:24-26; Galatians 6:1-5; Ephesians 4:1-16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; 1 Peter 4:10, et al]; and (5) Our relationship with our work (vocation) and the unsaved world [Ephesians 6:5-8; Colossians 3:23; and Matthew 5:13-16; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26, et al]. So, in light of these priorities (especially #’s 1 & 2 above), we ought to calmly, prayerfully, and consistently select what we already know to be our greatest daily need – a regular, guarded, unrushed, systematic time of intercessory prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, and Scriptural meditation. Remember, you must find and fight for the best time each day that fits you and your family’s busy schedules! Without protecting our time for this daily spiritual priority, we will only “limp along” in the Christian life. Just as a physically-malnourished man is a grievous sight to any normal human being, so we shall assuredly be to the observant healthy Christian if we have become spiritually-malnourished (Jeremiah 17:9; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). O may God use such spiritually healthy saints to lovingly help us mend and correct our priorities! O child of God, be diligent and unwavering in your daily private prayer life, reading of Scripture, study of Scripture, and especially your meditation upon it! Aim to imitate the Psalmist’s cry: “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Thy law” (Psalm 119:18).  Learn to daily turn over the fallow ground of your heart (Hosea 10:12).  Say with King David, “O how I love Thy law, it is my meditation all the daylong” (Psalm 119:97). Then, and only then, will you experience the blessed, happy and abundant life that Jesus intends for you (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Matthew 5:3-10; John 10:10). I leave you with the following words of wisdom to spur us both on toward our top priority:  “I study my Bible as I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then, I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then, I look under every leaf” (Martin Luther). Now that’s wise counsel to help us on our way. Amen!

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