I love checklists. I am the type of guy who loves to mark something off or delete something entirely and watch it disappear. There is a feeling of accomplishment that takes place during those sweet moments. That being said, while I love making lists, I also have to make sure the items are in order based on priority. Otherwise, everything would get out of whack and the least important tasks would get the same amount of attention and time as the most important tasks. We have to be on guard for what’s priority on our lists and in our lives.
For example, as I am a follower of Christ, it wouldn’t make sense for me to put my child ahead of God. If I did that, my child would in fact really be my God. God would have to be first in everything I do so that out of an overflow of my relationship with God, it passes down to my relationship with my Wife, my child, and so on. This is just one example of many, but proves the point that we need to have priorities in life and how we live out the Christian walk day to day.
Plus, it is encouraging to have priorities in place. If you feel your day is getting out of control, take a moment and a deep breath, and pray about what are your real priorities for that day. What is God calling you to do that day? You’d be surprised how that can clear the air pretty quickly.
Let’s look and see what the Bible has to say with Scripture on Priorities:
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
1 Peter 2:2 – Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
1 Kings 22:5 – And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2 Corinthians 5:9 – So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
Matthew 6:24 – No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Proverbs 21:21 – Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Luke 12:34 – For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Mark 8:36-37 – For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?
2 Timothy 2:22 – So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Feel free to add any additional Scripture you want to this topic by commenting below.