PrioritiesBro. David Chancellor
11/9/2008 11:00 AM
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Jesus was trying to help them see that it was both desirable and needful for them to take their needs to God in prayer. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." There are some things that should be a priority with us. If we live by the right priorities, everything else will fall into place. Our focus should be on God and his righteousness. When God created mankind, he didn’t have these worries. "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." When man found the "something more" he found toil and sorrow. As people’s desires increase, their priorities in life get all off-kilter. Worries won’t solve your problems; they’ll only sap your energy. You don’t have your priorities right if you seek God to get everything else. If you seek God first, the other things will fall into place. What’s the focal point of your life? When your focus is on God, you’ll want to serve and help others. When God is first, you won’t be lazy. We need to learn the difference between wants and needs. Don’t get wrapped up in stuff. Stuff ends up taking over and leaves little time for love.
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
Our love for God should be the focal point of our lives. We need to have things in the right order. Our love for our neighbor should be a manifestation of our love for God. Everything else should fall behind that. Have the same concern for the needs of others as for your own. Seek to love God supremely and to manifest that love to your fellowman. Everything else will fall into place. Is God first? Is everything considered in relation to God, or do you just try to fit him in? Consider why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men; him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Sometimes people say they love their fellowman, but it’s because they’re seeking the world more than God. When there are some who love God more than others and others who love the world more than God, there will be a variance between them. Be willing to endure difficult things for the cause of Christ. Keep selfishness from having a place in your life. Things get all off-kilter when self rises to the top. Keep your priorities straight. Focus on what’s most important. Keep God first.