Priorities: all of us have them, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get away from them. Each and every one of us have numerous things going on in our lives that demand our time and attention and we have to decide which are the most important ones and concentrate on them first before we start to work our way to the others.
This is an amazing thing to watch in people; you can always tell what is most important in someone’s life; what their top priorities are, just by watching them. What is it that they most talk about; what is it that they spend most of their time doing or what is it that they most desire to do? All of these things will tell us what is most important to them and where they place their greatest priority.
For instance, you have some people that are so in love with sports that that is all they talk about, think about and keep up with. They make it a point to have time to watch and/or play their favorite sports no matter what else is going on. There are others that are so consumed with money that all they do is to think about how they can make more and more and are never satisfied with what they have at the moment. There are so many more examples we could see, but I think you get the point.
What about in the life of a Christian? Can the same be said about us? Of course it can, however, for a lot of those that profess to be Christian, you might be shocked at what you see. You see, as a Christian, our top priority, that which should be most important to us, should be our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. But sadly, when you look at the life of many professing Christians, you do not see this clearly displayed at all. Now I am not saying that we should walk around with our hands folded, Bible under our arms and looking to the sky as if life around us isn’t happening. But instead, there should at least be clear evidence visible in our life that we hold our God and King as truly the most important part of our Christian walk.
I personally know some professing Christians that can rattle off sports statistics with accuracy covering the last 10 years; others that can boast in album/CD titles, songs and the dates that they came out over the last 30 years; and even others that give formulas for just about anything you can think of; but they can’t recite 10 Scripture verses and their references, they can’t spend more than 5 minutes in prayer at a time and they aren’t even faithful in attending church.
This is extremely sad because none of those things truly matter when it comes to eternity. These people are known for the information they possess, and are not known for their relationship with God.
As a Christian, I think we all need to do an examination of our lives and compare it to the Scriptures’ detail of what a true Christian’s life should look like. I love the book of 1 John because it gives us that picture. As a matter of fact, it is a reality check for those that profess to be Christian.
Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruit …” Does the fruit of your life show forth the majesty of the One that saved you and let others around you know that He truly is the greatest priority in your life?
Begin today by asking yourself: How much time do I really spend in God’s Word? Do I truly desire to spend time with Him in prayer? Am I more worried about what others think of me rather than what God thinks of me? The answer to these questions may just surprise you and I pray it drives you to put Him as your greatest priority.
The Rev. James Cole is pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church in Grovetown.