What are your priorities?
My dear friend, (I speak here to me as much as to you),
I hear you bemoan that there are not enough hours in your day to do all that you want to do, that you don’t have enough strength, ability, enough of this, or that, to do what you (think you) should be doing and want to do – not enough money, time, energy, resources…
You want to achieve, accomplish, be successful, make a difference, be somebody, do something great! Of course you do!
I think of the well known story of Martha fretting and Mary sitting at the feet of her Lord. Jesus said Mary had chosen the better path… yet I chose the name of Martha for my confirmation name!
And I think of Jesus himself frequently going off, often in the middle of the night, to find a quiet place to pray.
And the Lord says –
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
How do we seek Him first?
If we ask Him first (and not ask everyone else, and try every other avenue, and go to God as a last resort)!
If we give Him first place in our time, resources and energy – we give Him the first and best bits, not the scraps left over.
He says (John 15:7)
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
‘Remain in’/ ‘abide in’? –
We (maybe need to get up early and) go to a quiet place and spend time in prayer – we thank Him and pour out all our needs and concerns, and prayer requests, and we listen to His heart and what He wishes (to put on our heart) for us to do… (we remain in Him)
We read His word in Scripture and listen to what He has already told us, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into our NOW and allowing God to convey to us what is on His heart for today. (His words remain in us).
Then we do/say what He has told us to do/say.
Allow Him to lead, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Not every job that needs doing, needs to be done by you.
Not every need is yours to serve and meet.
His priority is not for you to busy yourself, striving and stressing over things you have taken upon yourself, in your strength, because…
He wants you to give EVERYTHING over to Him and to trust Him to take care of it and to show you what He wants you to do.
I hear your sense of panic as you read this.
You want to serve God, to please Him, and you want to serve and meet the needs of all those around you…
However, you are not to be passive either. We have to turn up, put on HIS armour, face our enemy, use our talents, follow His strategy, and do and say what He gives us to do and say; but the strategy has to be His, the battle His, and then the victory and the outcome are His responsibility and to His glory.
Jesus says: (Matthew 6:25 – 33)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? …27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?… 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
And Jesus says: (Matt 7: 7)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Paul echoes Jesus’ words in Philippians 4:6-7 –
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Priorities for each day:
Prayer and thanksgiving
Study the Word
Rest (Sabbath and sleep)
You say, “But I don’t have time to do that!”
I hear you, loud and clear, but I humbly suggest that you “don’t have the time” TO NOT do these things.
Make the time to build your relationship with your Saviour!
Is it all about Jesus, or is it all about you and your plans and effort?
Seek Him first, then ALL these things (that you need) WILL be given to you.
Trust Him. Remember: His Yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Father God, I give you my life and my heart and my time – all 24 hours of every day – for you to use however You see fit! I entrust it all to You. All I have is Yours – from You and for You. It is enough. My time is in Your hands. You have eternity for me. Blessed be your name forever. Amen.