More than a decade ago one of the things my pastor taught me, were five priorities of a healthy Christian life.
Our priorities should be:
1. God, our Father
2. Your husband or wife
3. Your children
4. Your work
Over the years I have found this ‘list’ to be very helpful in my life. Because mixing up the first and the last one is a common mistake we all make one time or another. We can get so caught up by the many chores in church, and you need to be aware that church is not equal to God.
And what about work. These days there’s so much pressure to perform. Especially in the corporate world.
When I was growing up, for years my dad was away, abroad for weeks in a row. As life goes for many men, my father too thought that his job and being the main provider was his first priority.
It was just a few years ago when my dad and I were going through some of our family photos, when he saw a picture of my brother around the age of 3, he said: “I can not remember anything about this period of him growing up”. I was stunned and overflowed with sadness. What a loss.
When you realize that both of my brothers are divorced, you cannot help but wonder if this is merely a coincidence or is it the result of having our priorities mixed-up?
What are your motivations to do the things you do? Do you want to be seen? Do you want to be dutiful? What might people think of you? Ask yourself honestly! Why do you do the things you do?
What is the fruit of it? The first command is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Your heart is the dwelling place of God.
Take a look at the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10: 38–42). Jesus is a guest in their house and the one sister, Martha is merely busy doing chores and the other one, Mary is at rest at the feet of Jesus.
And just notice what Jesus says about Mary after the complaining of Martha. He says: “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”.
Martha resembles in this story the picture of the church, busy. And that’s not what God wants for us. He wants us at his feet to love Him, listen to Him so He can guide us, teach us and most of all heal and restore us. Why? Because we are wounded in our hearts and from these wounds we do the things we do.
So, who or what is your first priority?
The great thing is, it is never too late to change your priorities. God is never condemning and He is filled with love for you. You can start right now. We are organizing two boot camps soon, just for you, to spend time with Your Heavenly Father. So why wait and put of what you can do today!