What is Your Priority?
It is pretty easy to tell what folks like. We indicate that daily through where we spend our time and money. Although, we frequently hear someone tell us that “they just don’t have the time” to do what we requested, it is evident from how they spend their time that time spent is a personal decision. The same with our money. Millions of dollars are spent on the commodities and pleasures of life. When we state we don’t have money, it is most often covering up the truth. We “don’t have money” to spend for “that” (whatever that may be) because we want more money to spend on things that are more preferred.
What about our love of God and His Kingdom. Matthew 6:33 records the words of our Lord Jesus, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” Would you say that is the “life verse” of the Christians you know? Do we truly “Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness” before all other choices of how we spend time, energy, and money? Is our time with Him the “first” thing every morning? Is our giving done by giving to Him “first”? Are the day’s plans regulated by what He would want us to do at work, school, or in the community “first”? And, is the love we have for our spouse and children “first” among all other commitments we have on earth?
If a person followed us and monitored our use of time and money, our love of God and family, and our zeal for the Word of God and spiritual maturity, would they be amazed because we are so focused or amazed because we are so “disconnected” from what we profess? Would you think it odd to tell a baseball or soccer coach that your child will not be at Sunday games since you have the priority of worship as a family? Or is it more likely that you will tell the children that you will miss church again this week because of the baseball game? “Seek first….???”
A guy named Bob receives a free ticket to the Super Bowl from his company. Unfortunately, when Bob arrives at the stadium he realizes the seat is in the last row in the corner of the stadium – he’s closer to the Goodyear blimp than the field. About halfway through the first quarter, Bob notices an empty seat 10 rows off the field, right on the 50 yard line. He decides to take a chance and makes his way through the stadium and around the security guards to the empty seat.
As he sits down, he asks the gentleman sitting next to him, “Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?”
The man says, “No”. Now, very excited to be in such a great seat for the game,
Bob again inquires of the man next to him, “This is incredible! Who in their right mind would have a seat like this at the Super Bowl and not use it?”
The man replies, “Well, actually, the seat belongs to me, I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven’t been together at since we got married in 1967.”
”Well, that’s really sad,” says Bob, “but still, couldn’t you find someone to take the seat? A relative or close friend?”
”No,” the man replies, “they’re all at the funeral.” (copied).