Ministry Monday: Life Priorities to Know & How to Find Christ in the Chaos
Written By: Glenn C. Stewart
Professor and author Haddon Robinson pointed out that one old recipe for rabbit stew began with this injunction “First catch the rabbit.” Robinson said, “The writer knew how to put first things first. That’s what we do when we establish priorities we put the things that should be in first place in their proper order.”18
Establishing and maintaining essential priorities is a critical factor for living a synchronized (organized) life. It can be especially challenging to remember and focus on balancing life priorities for those living busy lives of ministry and service. However, no matter our professions, it is helpful to our happiness and our life purpose to organize our life and priorities. In fact, God wants us to pay attention to and devote ourselves to certain biblical life priorities.
6 Biblical Life Priorities to Know:
- Self –
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV).
Each person’s heart is their innermost being, core personality, psyche: the mental,
emotional, volitional, and spiritual individual. It’s crucial that we preserve the integrity of our hearts because it’s from the heart that life derives. Without our core character properly aligned with God’s purpose, we miss the meaning and enjoyment of life.
It’s a priority to give attention to self. Self refers to our being and who we each are as a person before God and in this world.
- Family –
Before there was government or churches, there was family. Family is God’s first institution for the good of humanity. The whole matter of family life and dynamics is a priority that must continually be on the radar screen of our lives. That’s not a surprise, is it? The priority of family life can’t be a theory, or a statement, but must translate into the practice of life.
- Friends –
To many, friendship is a luxury, but God has this as a priority.
“The sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away” (Proverbs 27:9-10).
- Work –
God is a worker. He created us to be workers. Work is not a curse; it’s part of God’s design before sin entered humanity. God took delight in His work and we’re to take delight in ours. “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men” (Proverbs 22.29).
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3.23).
- Ministry –
Some may like the term service better than ministry. They are the same in this context. To minister is to serve others. And this is certainly a priority God has for those who know Him through faith in Christ.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). We need to use our abilities, the talents and spiritual gifts God has given us, to reach others, build others up, and advance the cause of Christ in this world.
- Finances –
Jesus made it clear that money management is key to how we handle other areas of life. In fact, he says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:21).
How we handle money and the attitude we have toward it indicates what is most important to us. Proverbs 27:23 speaks to the issue of material resource management.
Self, family, friends, work, ministry, and finances are the big six life priorities. Each of them are biblically defined and necessary for a synchronized life. So, where are you in each of these areas? Do you attend to them regularly? Does your life evidence that these areas are priorities? Where do you need adjustment? Take some time this week to reflect on your life priorities.
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