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Have You Identified Your Life Priority?

This is an important question many Christians have never really pondered on. Probably, because we have not fully understood how important human greatest priority is to God.  Consequently, we continue to fail God’s priority test for living, having surrendered the sacred alter of priority in our hearts, which is God’s only, to mere things of this world.

Your life priority is whatever you submit your most special attention to. Your life is whatever you esteem above anything else. Also, the greatest test of man will always be over his highest priority. Whether you realise it or not, something is getting your biggest attention. Some people have chosen to prioritise accumulating earthly riches, while others’ hearts are knitted to comfort and pleasures, such as comfortable homes, entertainments, fashion, sports, or exotic holidays.

 Furthermore, some fixed their greatest attentions on their careers, while others, above anything else, prioritise their husband, wife, parents, children, grand-children or friends. This is unscriptural. Even though God has given us all these things to enjoy, He is not pleased when people or things of this world replace His place in our hearts. He is God and there is no other. He created us for His pleasure, so that he could use us for His glory, through our fully dedicated hearts and unbroken attentions.

Now, think for a moment. What can you say your current greatest life priority is? Be sincere! What is it that arrests your most special attention? What is it that you place most value on in your life? What are you really, I mean really, living for?

Unfortunately, many born-again, tongues-speaking Christians do not have God as their life priority. While their mouths continue to confess God as priority, their hearts are given to a different precedence (Matthew 15:8; Isaiah 29:13). Many believers are like the church in Laodicea in the book of Revelation, whose chosen priorities displeased God because they were neither cold nor hot (Revelation 3:15-16).

I am convinced that this is one of the reasons why we are not experiencing the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and churches. The church of Christ practically is full of a bunch of so called “worshippers” whose hearts have strayed from their only legitimate ultimate priority – God almighty (Matthew 6:33), and have decided prioritise the desires and passions of this world which are momentary.

But here is the gospel truth; if your life priority (to whom you give your greatest passion) is not God and His kingdom, you are an idolater. An idolater is someone who worships anything else other than God Most High. Worship simply means devotions, love, respect and reverence.  Whatever commands your devotion, love, respect and reverence above that of the living God is your object of worship. In different words, your idol is whatever gets the love and the attention God deserves.

Modern idols are obviously far from the traditional idols, such as carved images, stuffed animals or exalted statues, we all know about. Your idol is simply whatever you have chosen to prioritise above other things in your life. It could be your car, bike, pets, exercise, people or even habits such as smoking, sleeping, eating, etc. Whoever or whatever your greatest heart’s gratification is, that is your object of worship. Whatever in your life you cherish and esteem more than God’s kingdom and His righteousness, that is to whom you bow down in worship.

God is unequivocally clear about His unwillingness to share the top spot of human priority with any other thing He created (2 Kings 17:36; Luke 4:8). You are an ambassador for Christ on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). You were created, equipped, spared, saved and sent to prioritise God in your generation, in order to fulfil His divine purpose for your life.  You are an agent for change here on earth, redeemed and set apart for a special assignment on earth. But if God is not your life priority, you are failing in your responsibility for living.

 If you desire to please God and fully His will for you here on earth, it is not going to be enough to just have faith in God.  You will have to substantiate your faith with corresponding works, which is obedience to God’s words. Without a devoted heart, faith is futile (James 2:26). The proof of your faith is your dedicated love-walk with the lord.

Evaluate your focus in life. If there is anything or anyone you regard in your heart more than God, go before the Lord in full repentance. Then change your ways (1 John 1:9). As a believer, you are a soldier of Christ. Therefore, do not make the civilians’ main priority your life preference (2 Timothy 2:4). Come out from them, and be separate for the Master’s use (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Let the love you demonstrate to other creations on earth come from the overflow of your love for the Creator (Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 10:12). Refuse to be entangled by the same lusts and deception that hold unbelievers captive (1 John 2:15-16). Quit seeking after things (which have been commanded to seek after you, if only you will seek after God). Make God’s kingdom and His righteousness your greatest priority and focus for living (Matthew 6:31-33), and you will do great exploits for God and fulfil His perfect will for your life.

Yours in Christ,

Wale

2 Comments

  • Lesley

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Thank you Wale for this critical reminder that the Lord is the only one we should idolise and urging that we ACT on it from James 2. I, once more, needed a jolt on this. I thank God for you and your family again and again. X

    • Wale

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Thanks so much Lesley for your comment. This blog-post was also a critical reminder for me when the Holy Spirit prompted me to write about it. God’s words always draw us closer to His holiness. We are blessed!
      Best Regards

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