God is not into priorities.
Quite a shocking statement isn’t it?
When I sat down to do some pre-marital counseling with Heather and Derrick I ask them what they wanted God to do in the midst of their marriage?
Derrick thought for a moment and said, “We want to determine the priorities that God has for us as a couple”.
“Yes we definitely need to determine the priorities that God has for us individually and as a couple”, Heather chimed in.
I asked, “Can you express the priorities that God has for you two and tell me the order?”
Heather spoke up and said, “Well of course, God first, then Derrick for sure, “and of course children in the future”
Then Derrick spoke, “Next, would have to be work, then ministry”.
“But what about finances and giving”, responded Heather?
“Yes God wants our finances in His priority” exclaimed Derrick.
I asked, “Have you thought about physical rest and relaxation”?
As Heather looked at Derrick, she explained. “Oh yea, but where do we place that in the list of priorities that God has for us.”
“We don’t need to prioritize relaxing, God doesn’t care when we relax”, said Derrick.
Derrick and Heather spent the next 15 minutes discussing God’s priorities for their life only to end up far more frustrated than when they started.
Here is Heather and Derrick’s “classic Christian priority list”:
- Children (when they have children)
- Family (relatives)
- Work (in the home or the marketplace)
- Relaxation (if that is even allowed…LOL)
THERE’S A PROBLEM
To take this approach implies that God cares more about certain areas in your life than He does others. Your work is more valuable to Him than your ministry. God cares more about your children than your giving and finances. This look at priorities suggests God must care more about your spouse than He does your family, and the list goes on.
THERE IS RELIEF
I believe what God wants us to know is He desires to be intimately involved in every area of our life. God wants us to be so connected to Him that at any moment He can speak to us like this: “Ken, I note that you love to write and record music. I am glad, I wired you that way. But right now, I am calling you to spend more time with your wife, Becky. I want you to take next Saturday off, you and her go away for the day and relax together”.
This approach leaves us with only one focus. Our singular focus is to meditate on God, to seek Him and His ways. David refers to this as his “One Thing” (see Psalms 27:4).
This kind of relationship with God requires us to literally have an ongoing, moment-to-moment relationship with God. In other words, we have to invite Him into every area of our lives. From moment-to-moment, God will speak and bring direction.
Jesus lived lighter because he was intimate with His Father.
I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 5:30 ASV).
We must trust Him. He is a beautiful leader, who can be trusted in every way. He cares about every area of our lives and wants to be intricately involved in every area.
A NEW WAY OF LIVING LIGHTER TODAY
The “fresh way of living” shown below involves you being intimate with God. Living this way draws you to be fascinated with Him. This way of living, suggest you seek Him and run with Him every moment of everyday.
LISTEN TO DAVID THE PSALMIST
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Psalms 27:8 NIV)
I believe you will enjoy “Living Lighter Today” as you continue to seek God as the center of your focus.
I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTS
What are your thoughts concerning priorities verses asking God to be the center of your whole life?