Summary: Three areas where we can give God priority in our lives so that we can be prosperous and blessed. Practical ways you can prioritize your spiritual life.
Misplaced priority Joke: Surprised to see an empty seat at the world cup football final stadium, a diehard fan asked the woman sitting nearby whose seat it was. “It was my husband’s,” the woman explained, “But he died.” “I’m very sorry,” said the man. “Yet I’m really surprised that you still love him and you even did not give another relative a chance to take the seat reserved for him.” The woman said. “They all insisted on going to my husband’s funeral.”
Misplaced priority Joke: A man brought a brand new BMW and parked it in on the main road in front of his office to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out of the car, a lorry comes speeding too close to the car and takes off the door before zooming off. The man gets very angry, takes out his mobile and calls the police. The police arrives and immediately calls the ambulance. The man starts screaming, “My car, my BMW. It is ruined. No matter how they repair, it will never be the same again.” The police said, “Hey man, you are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else in life.” The man shouts to the police, “How can you say such a thing at a time like this?” The police replies, “Didn’t you realize that your right arm was torn off when the truck hit you?” This man looks down in horror and says, “Oh! My God, my Rolex watch.”
Introduction: Most of us are in the place we are in because of misplaced priorities. You went to a driving school but cannot drive. You started the piano classes but you can hardly play any note. You started a course and could not complete. They never give their 100% and they lose. I tell you today, if you can prioritize your life, you can be far more successful and blessed than you are today.
Last week we saw that our priority must be based on our spiritual values than worldly values. Today I want to start the message with giving you the top three priorities in one’s life.
Prioritize your spiritual growth.
2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Illustration: That great missionary to India, William Carey, became deeply concerned about the attitude of his son Felix. The young man, a professing Christian, had promised to become a missionary. But he broke his vow when he was appointed ambassador to Burma. Carey requested prayer for him: “Pray for Felix. He has degenerated into an ambassador of the British government when he should be serving the King of kings.” Have you been giving more importance to anything other than God? How is your spiritual growth?
How long have you been a Christian? Does your spiritual maturity correspond to your chronological age in Christ? How passionate are you to move from where you are spiritually to the next level of spiritual maturity this year?
Illustration: Once a wealthy business man and a mechanic meet in a hospital room where they discover they have a terminal illness and only a year left to live. Together they come up with a list of things they want to do before they die. And since they only have a year left they decided to put everything else on hold and do their wish list before they die.
I’m sure many of us could come up with many things to do before we die. Some may want to build a house, take a world tour, buy a car, have a better job etc. Now the question is what is going to matter at the end of my life?
Spiritual growth is the ultimate priority in life because our spiritual growth or the lack of it controls every other area of our lives. When we are growing in Christ likeness or reaching for the prize, every other area of our lives is growing as well. Spiritual growth is foremost and central to all personal growth and is of ultimate priority and yet it is without a doubt the most neglected priority.
When we are fully persuaded that Christ’s values are ours, it will affect our priority. It will affect our schedule, budget and responsibility. Then we will give our time and attention to spiritual things forsaking all else – that is biblical priority!
Three Priorities for your spiritual growth.
1. Prioritize Jesus at home.
a. Prayer Time. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Pray continually. Both personal and family. Spend a minimum of 30-45 minutes a day with God.
b. Bible Reading.
Joshua 1:8 Keep this book of the law always on your lips; mediate on it day and night.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.