What Jesus said about priority

Today’s message I want to focus on focusing.  Our priority is the subject.

Pause for a minute and think about your priorities in your life right now. 

Is it your job,… your family,… your health.  Maybe your priority is getting your children through school or saving up for a big family vacation.

I know of a way you would be able to have all those things, with God’s blessing.

In Matthew 6:33 it says… But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The bible talks about priority a lot.  I think that that scripture in Matthew kind of sums it all up.

We must be thinking about putting God first in all that we do.

1st Timothy 2 tells us our priority should be prayer… The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

There is a story in the book of Luke between two sisters, Mary and Martha.  This story lends itself more to our current time and cultures.  Where we have chores around the house that we must be thinking of.

Luke 10:38-42… As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus did not blame Martha for being concerned about her household chores.  He was only asking her to set priorities.  It is possible for service to Christ to degenerate into mere busywork that is no longer full of devotion to God.

The phrase Mary has chosen what is better echoes of Old Testament passages where the greatest possession is close fellowship with the Lord as ones “portion” in life.

Mary chose to focus on Jesus and it will not be taken away from her – neither then to help her sister in the kitchen or for all eternity.

Where is your focus now in life?  What are you choosing day to day as priority stuff?  Are you a Mary or a Martha?

To be well, we must focus on Him and His righteousness.

God bless you, always.

Doug

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