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What Is Your Priority?

Aug 18, 2007
Unfortunately, many Christians fail to succeed because they have their priorities out of whack. But if you can get your priorities straight, everything else will fall into place. Here's your starting point.

How many times have you heard a Christian say, "My priorities are God, family, church, work, etc."? I hear it all the time. It sounds spiritual. But the reality of that statement is that God is just one of many priorities. In other words, God is just one of many gods.

If God makes one thing clear in Scripture, it's that He is God alone and expects us to make Him the priority of our lives.

So instead of making a list of priorities -- with God as one in a list -- here's how your list of priorities should look: God.

That's right! That's all there is to it. God is your sole priority.

Of course, we have a lot of other things we must attend to in life. These include family, church, work, etc. So how do these fit into this new priority? If God is your only priority, should you avoid all the other things? Of course not!

The secret is that you now work on these areas of your life as a priority given by God. It is, in fact, His priority, not yours. You are responsible to do certain things for your family -- not as your priority, but God's. You work not because it's your priority, but God's. And the same applies to church and every other area of life. Anything that is God's priority is now your responsibility.

How does this bring success? First of all, it helps you keep the right priority in all things. If you have a list of priorities, it's oftentimes difficult to determine which one is most important. But if God is your sole priority, then everything always comes back to Him. It starts and ends with Him.

Second, when you go to make up your list of priorities for the day or the week, you can now ask, "What are God's priorities for me today (or this week)?" Suddenly, a lot of the not-so-important things you want to do will drop off the list. And you're able to focus on your most important responsibilities.

For instance, God's priority for Sunday is that you worship with other believers. So instead of working or sleeping in on Sunday morning, your responsibility is to attend worship. On Monday, however, attending worship is not God's priority. Work is His priority.

And, finally, the greatest way this contributes to your success is this: You can have full confidence that God's purposes will succeed (Prov. 19:21). And His priorities are geared to make sure that happens. When you walk in God's priorities, you know they will ultimately succeed.
About the Author
Steve Kroening writes for Success magazine and also publishes Wisdom's Edge. You can get Biblical tips on health, finance, relationships, parenting, and success, delivered to your email inbox every week. Simply visit http://www.wisdomsedge.com and sign up for this free e-zine.
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