I am noticing a disturbing trend among proclaiming Christians, many are placing themselves as the main priority in their lives. This is a major problem due to the fact they believe that everything in life revolves around them. When that happens, the Lord becomes an after thought. The Bible places the order of priority in which a Christian is to line up under. Jesus declared to one of the scribes that tried to trap Him when he asked Jesus which is the most important commandment of all? Jesus stated, “…And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Matthew 22:36-38 ESV). For many, they have placed the Lord as an afterthought while pushing themselves as the priority.
There is a major problem when the Lord is not a priority in the lives of those who claim to be believers. It is necessary to be sincere when an individual says how much he or she loves the Lord and continuously ignore Him and His Word. When it comes to studying God’s Word, and one always rejects spending time reading and meditating on the Word; the priority of growing in knowledge is a problem. The Lord is not a priority when you always run from the corporate study of God’s Word. How one reacts to the circumstances of life is determined by how much you spend time with the Lord. If you pray only when you are in trouble, prayer is not a priority. Furthermore, I must say, the Lord is not a priority because you only call on Him when you are in trouble. The issue is you do not realize that you need Him every minute of every day. Let me ask you a question, Why is it that many of you show up for the things you do for the Lord late? But when it comes to things you want to do, you are there ahead of time. Your priority is “yourself.”
The priority of Christ is of the utmost importance in the life of everyone who claims the name of Christ. When we say that we are Christians, we are saying that Jesus owns us and that we will humbly submit to and obey His will wholeheartedly. Dr. John MacArthur profoundly states, “True Christianity is not about adding Jesus to my life. Instead, it is about devoting myself completely to Him – submitting wholly to His will and seeking to please Him above all else.”
God expects every aspect of our lives to line up under His will. It is at this point every believer must determine in his or her life what they are going to do. If we pursue and focus on everything that pleases us; we must remember the pleasure that we seek after only lasts for a few moments, and then we are chasing after something else and once we either come close to attaining whatever it is or only come close and not reach what we are pursuing, it all ends up in disappointment because it cannot satisfy totally. It is only when our hearts are determined to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, that we will have our priorities in order.
I want to leave you with this illustration,
At the Milan Cathedral there are three inscriptions over the respective doorways. Over the right-hand door there is this motto: “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the left-hand door the words are: “All that troubles is but for a moment.” But over the central door there is a simple sentence: “Nothing is important save that which is eternal.”
If Jesus is not the priority of your life, then you have a problem with priority.
Your servant in Christ,