What Does God Want Our Priorities to Be and Where Does Work Fall in That List?
He said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Stephen R. Covey in his bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People put it this way: “As a longtime student of this fascinating field [of life and time management], I am personally persuaded that the essence of the best thinking in the area of time management can be captured in a single phrase: Organize and execute around priorities.” He also wrote: “One of my favorite essays is ‘The Common Denominator of Success’ written by E.M. Gray. He spent his life searching for the one denominator that all successful people share.
Since He is God our Creator, Sustainer, and Father, He knows what is best for our life now and our life to come. As we read through the written Word of God, we can see the priorities that God has established for our life. A priority is “the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence.” To prioritize means “to arrange or do in order of priority” or “to give a high priority to”. We need to recognize the priorities that God wants in our life. Paul the apostle prays that the Philippians may “approve the things that are excellent”. This may be translated, “distinguish between the things which differ” (margin) or “decide what is best”. We need to be able to look at the alternatives and choose what is most pleasing to God, what is for our spiritual wellbeing, and what would be a blessing to others. With this known, we can better prioritize the numerous activities that compete for our attention. When we seek Scriptural priorities, we discover those relationships, activities, and pursuits that should precede others in term of rank and order. God does want us to prioritize all of the possible activities in life according to these spiritual priorities. What does God’s Word say should be our priorities?
I love the Word of God! It is amazing. It contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every conceivable human problem or dilemma. His Word brings peace and stability to our spirits, and it will renew our minds (see Romans 12:2). Get excited about getting into the Bible!
Romans 12:2 ESV
Genesis 17:1 AMPC
Thessalonians 2:4 ESV