Summary: Paul teaches us in this passage about making wise choices based on God’s priorities. He writes, "Do you know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which lea
What Are Your Priorities? (Rom. 6:16)
Illustration:Haddon Robinson points out that one old recipe for rabbit started out with this injunction: "First catch the rabbit." Says Robinson: "The writer knew how to put first things first. That’s what we do when we establish priorities -- we put the things that should be in first place in their proper order.
Whoever came up with this one must have had some Divine guidance!
Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of "Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
1. Have you ever thought what God will say to you about the priorities reflected by your life?
It is an illusion to think that we are following Christ’s priorities unless we are evidencing the fruits of righteousness.
Paul teaches us in this passage about making wise choices based on God’s priorities. He writes, "Do you know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness." (vs 16)
What God will say about our priorities will be clearly reflected by the quantity and quality of our righteous lifestyle.
Illustration: I think of Thomas Archibald who came to Nigeria in 1921 to start a Bible college to train young men to do church planting and Pastor those young churches. He stayed for 53 years and turned an entire region from cannibalism to Christ. Today the key leaders of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa have come from Archibald’s school. ECWA, the daughter church of SIM, has 6000 churches with over four million people in their churches every Sunday. Thomas Archibald chose to follow the priorities of Christ instead of being content to serve his own interests in the comforts of Scotland.
God can tell what your priority values are by the fruits of your life. You may profess good priorities but are the reflective of what the apostle Paul and Christ would exhibit if they were in your position.
Paul wrote, "Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me and model your way of living on it and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well being) will be with you." (Phil. 4:9)
Do you want to enjoy the fruits of righteousness? Choose to let God’s priorities affect all of your allegiances, values, goals and relationships.
2. Paul teaches us to avoid any discontinuity between the priorities that we profess and how we live. If we are not careful it is easy to allow a huge gap to grow between what we say and the reality of our lifestyles.