Category Archives: Priorities

Reflecting On Our Priorities

Matthew 6:33. Priorities are like the sails on a ship — the direction they’re set will determine the destination. What should be our motivation for setting priorities? Culture? Finances? …or, our love for God (Matt 12:28-30).

I. MAN’S PRIORITIES

A. Money (Matt 6:19-24)
B. Tomorrow (Matt 6:25-31, 34)
C. Ambition (Matt 6:32)

II. ADOPTING GOD’S PRIORITIES

A. See eternal value (Matt 6:33; 13:44-46; cf. Col 1:9-14)
B. See divine purpose (Matt 6:33)

III. LEARNING GOD’S PRIORITIES

A. Gain knowledge (2 Pet 1:2-11; 3:18)
B. Heed reminders (2 Pet 1:12-15)

IV. PRACTICING GOD’S PRIORITIES

A. Do them continually (Acts 2:24; Luke 4:16; Dan 6:10)
B. Work through pain (Gen 37; 39-45; Heb 12:2)
C. Wait for joy (Jas 5:9-11; 1 Pet 1:3-9)

Can you identify your priorities?
God’s priorities are the valuable ones.
May He help us set our sails toward His priorities!

Jesus Lived with True Purpose

Our claim to have Christ in us (Col 1:27) has to be proven. We must value what is valuable to Christ (1 John 2:3-6). What was Jesus like in His youth (Luke 2:46-52)? What was Jesus like as an adult (John 13:5-20; Phil 2:5-7; 1 Pet 2:21-25; John 17:4)? This proves that Jesus lived with the true purpose!!!

I. JESUS’ PURPOSE

A. To tell about God & the Kingdom (Luke 4:43; Mark 1:38; 9:1; John 3:3-5)

B. To demonstrate obedience (Heb 10:7; John 4:34; 6:38; Matt 4:1-11)

C. To command change (Mark 1:15; Luke 5:31-32; 1 John 3:8; John 9:39; 10:10)

D. To seek out souls to save (Luke 19:10; Matt 18:10-14; John 10:11)

E. To accept the cost (Mark 10:33-34; John 12:32; Rom 5:19; 1 Tim 1:15)

1. His purpose should be our purpose (1 Pet 2:9-10)

II. KEEPING JESUS’ PURPOSE

A. Start early in life (Luke 2:49; John 9:4)

B. Be resolute through life (Luke 9:51; 9:57-62)

C. Be prayerful when the work is hard (Luke 22:42; John 12:27-28)

D. Rejoice in the outcome (Rom 5:3-5; Jas 1:2-4)