Charles Stanley (December-15-2019) Daily Devotion: The Priority Struggle.
In everyone’s life, there tends to be one central issue around which all else revolves. Perhaps it is family, financial security, or a career. In a believer’s life, however, the first priority should be to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matt. 6:33). People sometimes say, “I’ve made Jesus a part of my life,” but that is not enough. Jesus is life for His followers. Without Him, the believer’s life has no purpose or meaning.
Our top priority is where we invest our time, effort, and money. Therefore, to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness means we make the pursuit of Christlikeness our primary goal. Obedience is a sure indication that we are growing in an intimate relationship with the Lord.
Seeking God’s will requires perseverance. Rather than simply taking life as it comes and reacting to each situation, we must make our decisions according to the principles of Scripture. In personal prayer and Bible study, we learn to discern God’s will as we become more familiar with what He desires. If we find ourselves veering away from the Lord, we quickly get back on track through confession and repentance.
When you honestly think about your priorities, you may discover that you’ve been distracted or sidetracked by lesser pursuits. Although Scripture tell us to care for our families and work diligently, putting those things ahead of God is idolatry. Look at your calendar and ask yourself, What is my priority in life? If the answer is Jesus, it will be evident because everything else will take a back seat.