Choosing Our Priorities

Saturday, November 16, 2002

2 Corinthians 11:2 – I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so I might present you as a pure virgin to him. (NIV)

Time is an item that I find to be in short supply. I don't seem to have enough time to get everything done. I have moved through life procrastinating — tomorrow, I'll do it — but tomorrow never comes, and life has its limits.

I am beginning to realize that my life on earth will someday come to an end, and there are still many things I want to do. I am beginning to be faced with limits. I am realizing that there is not going to be enough time to do everything, so I have to begin setting priorities. The harsh reality is dawning that I must make painful choices. I must choose to spend more time on some things, and leave others out.

Because this is true, life demands that we begin to put some things first. We must decide which is most important. We must get our priorities straight. In doing this, we are likely to get things prioritized, and some things will be left out.

Exodus 20:3 – You shall have no other gods before me. (NIV)

If we put God first, we find all other things fall into their proper places. This doesn't mean we never do anything but pray, go to church, and study the Bible. It means that we take our direction from God. Sometimes it may mean we have to put some things aside. It may mean saying "No" to people and "Yes" to God.

Prayer: Lord, show us your priorities. Teach us what is important, and how our lives can function if you are first. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

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