4th August 2020

Priorities 

I will follow you wherever you go.
Luke 9:57 (NIV)

I have a confession to make: I’m not a very good reader. If I sit down with a book, I have difficulty concentrating on what I am reading: my mind wanders elsewhere—it drifts to gardening or DIY. You could say that these are my priorities even though there are times when reading should be. As I say, it’s all a matter of priorities. I’m sure there must be things you too find easier to apply yourselves to even though there are other things you should be prioritising.

The Bible tells us of three men who got their priorities wrong. They had the opportunity to follow Jesus and serve Him but there were other things they would rather have done. You can find them in Luke 9:57-62. The first wanted to follow Jesus but when he was told it would be a demanding lifestyle he decided not to. Jesus called the second man and gave him the opportunity to become a disciple, but he wanted to bury his father first (that is, wait until he had died). The third man like the first asked if he could become a disciple but when Jesus told him that he should take priority over family affairs he decided he wouldn’t. Three men, all with the opportunity to become disciples but all in the end finding excuses why they couldn’t. Jesus took second place to other things.

Jesus does tell us what our priorities should be. He said, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27b). This is the highest priority as far as human society is concerned. The Good Samaritan set us an example of this, putting his own life in danger when he stopped to help a fellow human being.

But the top priority is our relationship with God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27a).

And so we see an order of priorities. First, our relationship with our God; second our love and care for our fellow human beings no matter who they are, and bottom of the pile our own likes and dislikes. This isn’t easy. Let’s face it, we would much rather put ourselves first. But these are God’s order of priorities and they should govern our lives.

Prayer
Father in heaven, you know how much I would prefer to do
what interests me. May your Holy Spirit put within my heart the desire to follow Jesus wherever he leads me. In his name I ask this.
Amen
 

Study by Chris Reeve

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About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY
CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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