Priorities

Written By Erik Gernand

If you’ll remember, last week we noted that whoever or whatever is setting the priorities in your life, there’s a pretty good case to be made that that is your god. Hopefully for you this is the Lord God and not some other thing or philosophy or focus.

So, let’s say you’ve decided that God should be the one setting your priorities in life. Let’s look at how God begins to order things…

God actually takes that spot on the list himself.

One of the great calls to worship and centering thoughts in the Old Testament is called the Shema. It Goes like this, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-5

At the top of the 10 Commandments list there is #1, “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

In fact, the first 3 commands on that list deal with God having the proper place of reverence in our lives.

If a human did this, we’d say it was self-centered. But remember, this is our MAKER, who knows how we’re wired and what we’re here for. God knows the proper order that will be for our own good and healing. And so this God who delivers us, provides for us and enters into covenant with us, all by grace, calls us to complete love and devotion in response. It is God who declares that the top spot in our lives belongs to him (the whole list is his actually…along with everything else).

You and I were made to love and worship God as our absolute priority. The entire witness of the Christian scriptures speaks to this truth. And when we’re fully engaged in this love and good work, the rest of life begins to make better sense. 

Perhaps you have felt out of balance recently…like maybe your priorities are out of whack…or that your life seems tilted towards things that aren’t helping you.

Maybe it’s a good time to make sure that you’re looking to God to set your priorities – and that you’re letting him place himself at the top of the list.

Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33