What are your priorities? What comes first for you? If you’re like most people, you’ll say that it is God, family, church, your friends, or personal development.
Now ask, what do I do in an ordinary week? Does it match up with my priorities?
Most people live in the urgent. Demands, phone calls, and Facebook messages press upon them, and they feel that they are being pulled in a dozen different directions. Oftentimes, they let those things that are truly important to them slip by. The years go on, and they realize they’ve hardly spent any time with their children or grandparents or never done the things that they truly value.
In Mt. 6:25–34, Jesus said that the world is constantly living in the urgent. They are always worried about food and clothing.
Jesus said that His disciples are not supposed to live that way. They are supposed to make what is most important a priority and to let that dominate their schedule. Jesus said, “But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This means that God needs to be first, and then everything else will fall into place.
Would you say that God is a priority for you? Sometimes, we really have not made God a priority in our hearts. We have not seen that all our happiness is in Him, that He is ultimately the one who takes care of us, and that we owe everything we have to Him. We have not come to grips with the fact that God sent His Son into the world to suffer the penalty of sins so that we can be freely forgiven of ours and restored to a place of honor and blessing with God.
But many of you reading this would say, yes, I do believe that He is my first priority. If so, does your week demonstrate to yourself and to those who know you that God is your priority? Probably not as well as it should.
Oftentimes, in spite of our intentions, our weeks look just like those of the world. There are a few differences, but they don’t really reflect the priorities of our heart. Why is this so?
In discussions of time management, a physical illustration is often used to explain this problem, as you can see in the video above. The presenter fills the first with small rocks, sand, and water. Then, he tries to put a big rock into the jar. They will not fit. In the next jar, he puts the big rock in first and then adds small rocks, sand, and water. The point is: if you put your big rocks in first, you can fit a lot of other things in as well. When you schedule your highest priorities first, then you can be sure that you will take care of the most important things. You will also find that you can take care of many other lesser things as well.
There are some things that you need to do daily, and there are other things that you need to do weekly. Make your daily and weekly schedules so that you first find time for those things that are most important.
Not only is this wise in general, but it has the promise of the blessing of God. “But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt. 6:33).