The Top Three Priorities

And He said to me,
It is done!
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End.
I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

(Revelation 21:6)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You are the Alpha and the Omega. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we are looking to all other things or all other persons for counsel. Guide us to see what is and must remain important in our life. LORD, we need You! Help us to draw near and nearer to You until the day comes when we forever will be with You in Heaven. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen. 

Last week, I asked you, “Who or What Is Number One in Your Life?” While reading through that blog post, hopefully you caught my saying that, “Christ must clearly have top priority—before any other person or task or anything else in our life.” 

God must become, remain, and forever be the One and Only at the very top of our list. So, who or what comes next?

Priorities

When sharing with others who or what should come first, second, and third, in our life, I like to say,

  1. God
  2. Husband & Family  
  3. Others / Everything else

I strongly believe that this is what God’s Word commands. For time’ sake, I can only mention a few Bible passages, but I hope you will look into them, and perhaps they will help you to get started and/or continue your study on your own.  

1 God

Deuteronomy 6:5-6 tells us to love the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, and strength. (See also Joshua 22:5, Joshua 23:11, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27)

We have to study His Word (including His commandments) and keep His sayings in our heart. The reason is that this is the way in which we will get to know the God of the Bible and what it is that He tells us to do. We cannot say that we truly love Him, if we do not obey Him (John 14:15).

2 — Husband and Family 

Titus 2:4-5 commands the older women,

that they admonish the young women
to love their husbands,
to love their children,

to be discreet,
chaste,
homemakers,
good,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Notice the reason given, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

In Deuteronomy 6:8-9, we are commanded to teach our children diligently—everywhere and no matter what the hour. We also find this (telling the next generation about God) in many of the psalms, and especially in Psalm 78.

The next generation needs to know!

Taking care of our parents. I’m sure you are familiar with one of the Ten Commandments that reads, 

Honor your father and your mother 

(Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4, Mark 7:10, Luke 18:20, and Ephesians 6:2, for example)

3 Others / Everything Else

First tested, then able to serve and found blameless. How can someone rule over others, if he cannot rule his own children and his own household first? (1. Timothy 3:10-12, Titus 1:6) If someone cannot look after his own, how will he be able to take care of others? (1. Timothy 5:8)

I know, this is a huge topic and many heated arguments spring out of it. By mentioning these verses, I do not want to discuss whether it is/was right to place certain Christians in authority over others or not. My point is that we have to set our priorities straight! 

  1. Start by loving God first.  
  2. Then reach out to, take care of, teach, guide and love our own.
  3. And then, reach out to others and/or do something else.

Draw near to the Fountain of Life today.

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