I think the transition from the old year to the new is a good time to evaluate the good and the bad and make adjustments. At the end of this year, I was in prayer about purpose and priorities for the new year. Here's what God began to speak in my Spirit as I prayed and studied in His Word.
First, the way in which I prioritize things in my life is not left to chance. It doesn't come from someone's system that they've devised over the years. It comes from God and His Word. Most of the productivity books I've read lay out the tools you need to keep your job and your daily tasks running smoothly. Some tell you to do the big things first. Some tell you to do the small things first. I see in the Word that we are to put FIRST THINGS FIRST.
In Matthew 22:37 — 40, Jesus answered the question, Which is the GREATEST commandment in the law? Greatest is a superlative, it implies a ranking of things.
Notice His answer:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So God Himself ranks our priorities. First is our relationship with God, second is our relationship with neighbor. Jesus says, the rest of scriptural instruction fall under these directives. All of this works together for the overriding purpose of all of His Creation - to glorify God.
to be continued...