Okay, so it was a Bible study, but there was eating (chili), drinking (sweet tea), and some crying (from the babies, not me).
This Bible study was given in a group setting with discussion, so I’m going to try my best to recreate it here. I have included my points as well as those brought up in the discussion. If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments section. Please feel free to use this in your own personal Bible study, with a home group, or at church.
Today’s message is going to center around priorities. Before we begin our discussion, take a few seconds and reflect on your priorities. List your top three.
Did you say that God is #1? Even if you didn’t, do you feel like He should be? Do you yearn for Him to be? We all know that God should be our top priority and we want Him there, but how many of us actually ACT like God is our top priority?
I know that I should and need to spend more time in prayer, worship, and reading the Bible, but other things come along. I also need to go to work, wash the dishes, put away laundry, feed the dog, watch “House,” and read a magazine. In a life so busy, how do we make God our #1 priority?
Open your Bible to Matthew 6:25 (for your convenience I’ve included the passage here, taken from BibleGateway.com ).
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Let’s look at Matthew 6:33 again. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” According to Jesus, where should he rank on your list of priorities? First. Jesus says here that if you seek him first before others, if you seek him first in times of trouble, he will take care of everything. In my experience, I wait to seek Jesus until I am in deep trouble. But what if I rearranged my order of thinking and sought Jesus all the time, and especially at the first sign of trouble? Perhaps I might never need to get into the “deep” of trouble.
But how do we make God #1? How do we seek Him all the time? After all, we have all those obligations I mentioned earlier: work, family, home, etc.
Turn your Bibles to 2 Chronicles 31:20.
20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.
It says that Hezekiah sought God in everything he undertook and he prospered. Can we do that? Can we seek God in everything we do? Yes, we can. We can insert God into the mundane activities of life. If we make God a priority while fulfilling our other priorities, He will become #1. How do we do this? A few examples: thanking God for having dishes to wash and food to eat as you’re scrubbing last night’s dinner off of the plates, singing a worship song –with feeling—while you’re folding laundry, saying a prayer as you walk the dog. Of course, we will probably never be mindful of God 100% of everyday, but we can strive for it. Just as we will probably never be as perfect as Jesus is, we can strive for it.
Turn to Luke 10:38.
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Even though we’re striving to make God a priority in everything we do, like Mary, we must sometimes put aside Earthly needs for Heavenly ones.
- As you go through your day to day activities, strive to include God as much as you can.
- Find two 15-minute slots in your day to put aside your Earthly needs/responsibilities and focus on the Heavenly ones. Use this time to read your Bible, pray, worship, and become intimate with your Savior. (One 30-minute slot counts!) This time might come from waking up 15 minutes earlier, during your drive to work, after your evening shower, etc. Although it may seem funny to schedule time for God, the more you do, the more you will find yourself no longer needing to work Him into your schedule – He’ll be the top priority in your life!