Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 41

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Priorities

Luke 12:16–21

Every Christian lives under the influence of the law of limited resources. Time, in particular, is one of those precious commodities. The time invested in any project is taken away from some other place in life. The energy invested in one job won’t be there for another one. No Christian will ever lack for things to occupy his or her time and energy. Because that’s the case, every Christian must answer an important question: “Where should I invest my time and energy?” Or to put it differently, “What should be my priorities?”

Jesus told the story of a man whose main priority was himself and his possessions. In telling this story Jesus not only warned against the danger of greed, but also pointed out the futility of priorities that are not in line with God’s will.

Ultimately, our purpose for living should be to bring recognition (honor and glory) to God rather than to bring pleasure to ourselves (see 1 Corinthians 10:31). With that purpose in mind we can set our priorities by discovering what will bring the greatest recognition to God. If we do that, unlike the fool in the parable, we’ll be rich in God’s eyes.

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