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Summary: The Bible is so vast ... we can’t possibly memorize it all. Let’s not use this as an excuse for not living righteous lives. Jesus gives us ONE VERSE as a guide to live by.

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“Jesus Teaches About Priorities”

Matthew 6:33

INTRODUCTION: We CONTINUE in our SERIES on “Lessons Jesus Taught”. We have seen what Jesus taught about: the Holy Spirit, Prayer, the Tongue, Thanksgiving, Repentance. This morning, we will see what Jesus teaches about “Priorities”.

Everybody needs a GUIDE to live by. At one point, in the lives of God’s people, there was no God-appointed man to GUIDE His people. Judges 17:6 – “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Everybody set up their own laws … determined for themselves what was right/wrong … good/bad. What an awful, chaotic world it would be, if there was no GUIDE … no LAWS … no RULES.

We have LAWS in this country to regulate our standard of conduct. We have RULES and REGULATIONS to guide us … IRS … school policies … safety regulations … speed limits. We have DIRECTIONS to help us put things together. We have the BIBLE to guide us morally, ethically & spiritually.

The BIBLE is our STANDARD. If we lived by it, there wouldn’t be a need for the 1000’s of volumes of laws that we now have. There would be no back-logs in the courts. There would be no crowded jails. If CHRISTIANS lived by the Bible, our Christian life would be so much easier.

BUT … the Bible is so VAST … 30,442 verses … 845,000 words. Have you MEMORIZED it yet? You’ve memorized your Social Security number … maybe your tag … or D.L. number. What about the BIBLE?

I don’t expect you to memorize the whole Bible. BUT … IF you had just 1 VERSE that you could use to GUIDE you through every situation, it might help you to set your PRIORITIES in life … to determine right from wrong … to solve our tendency to stray away from God.

I think I’ve found the verse. THOUGH … there are probably others you might choose.

1 Cor. 10:31 – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Philip. 1:21 – “For to me to live is Christ,”

The verse I have chosen today is a verse to live by. You don’t have to know the WHOLE Bible. If we would just concentrate on this 1 VERSE, we would find the help we need to GUIDE us through life.

This verse is found in Matthew 6:33 – all turn

Most of our problems in life comes from our not setting PRIORITIES. We need a GUIDE … a GOAL … a PURPOSE. We find it in this 1 VERSE. ABOVE ALL ELSE, we are to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God.

Let’s take a closer look at this 1 VERSE.

“seek” = ‘to search for … strive for … strongly desire’.

ABOVE ALL ELSE in our life, Jesus says that this is to be #1 … top priority … our main goal … what we are to strive for every day. EVERYTHING we do is to relate to this goal. Every DECISION we make: WHERE I go … WHAT I do … HOW I do it … WHEN I do it … WHY I do what I do. ALL THESE THINGS are to be FILTERED through this 1 VERSE.

I. THE PRIORITY – “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”


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