Inside: Getting your priorities straight is important for all parts of your life. Most importantly your spiritual growth.
I recently did a little soul searching in an effort to clear out some emotional junk and unnecessary stress.
I’d grown weary of chasing stuff, trying to make things work in my own might and effort. Something was missing but I was having a hard time putting my finger on it.
One day while reading my Bible I found the answer:
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
I realized that day was that I was not seeking the Kingdom of God above all else. That was a hard pill for me to swallow:
- The rule follower in me doesn’t like it when I get it wrong.
- The good girl in me wants to be perfect.
- The Holy Spirit in me convicted me of my selfish thoughts!
I was saying with my mouth that I wanted to live a life obedient to God’s word but there were some areas of my life that I wasn’t walking that out.
Our job as daughters of the King is to seek the kingdom and live righteously. God promise is that when we do He will take care of everything else.
Sounds easy right?
I thought so too.
The truth is that seeking the kingdom means saying no a lot. No to myself, no to the world. No to the things that I think are good for me. Things that I want.
That’s hard. But with determination, it can be done!
Make a commitment to make God your #1 priority no matter what. To crave Him, His word and knowing Him more than anything else.
Because God promises that if I do, He’ll give you the desires of my heart.
How could you say no to that?
How to Practically Seek the Kingdom of God with Priorities
What are your priorities?
If you’re anything like me you have a ton of things on your plate. You probably have more than one plate, LOL! There are so many things that we have to get done each day. Families that we need to take care of, work to do, people to serve.
How can we do all of that and make sure that we are giving God His proper place in our lives?
That’s the same question Martha asked of Jesus when she was doing all the work preparing for guests and her sister Mary was just sitting around doing nothing. Well, she wasn’t doing nothing.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 NLT
Mary had her priorities right. Martha was focused on the wrong thing in that moment.
Don’t misunderstand! It’s not wrong to take care of your family and invite people to your home. It is wrong to be so focused on those things that we forget to make time for God.
- The dishes can wait for 5 minutes if it that’s all the time you have to read your Bible.
- Your children can entertain themselves or watch TV while you take a few minutes to pray over your day.
- Your guests can eat a meal you pick up from the grocery store if it means you have time to pray and allow God to give you a hospitable attitude before they arrive.
Seriously! There’s nothing worse than going to someone’s house and they spend the entire time in a bad mood because they are exhausted from cleaning.
You just have to put your priorities in their proper place. And then create a schedule that works around them.
Creating a Schedule that Reflects Your Priorities
Having a schedule/routine in place that works for you will give you the freedom you need to get the things done that need to be done, with a good attitude and room for rest and margin.
It’s pretty easy to create a schedule or a routine:
- Make a list of all your roles
- Write down all the tasks that go with those roles
- Sort out the tasks that must be done and the ones that do not (these are your priorities)
- Spend a week keeping track of your time. You can use a time evaluation form
- Create a schedule that actually works