Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 43

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Priorities

1 John 2:15–17

Our perspective should determine our priorities, and our priorities should determine our practice. A biblical perspective informs us that anything that keeps us away from the love of the Father is idolatrous, no matter how “good” it appears to be. In one sense, it is not strictly correct to say that a Christian’s priorities should be God first, family second, and career and ministry third. If Christ is our life (Colossians 3:3–4) He is our all, and He brooks no competition or even comparative ranking.

A Christ-centered life means that everything else must be seen in relation to Him (Colossians 3:1–3).

Like Martha (Luke 10:38–42), it is easy for us to become distracted by the anxieties and concerns of the world and to miss out on the one thing that is most needful (vv. 41–42). The worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things have a way of choking the Word in us and making it unfruitful (Mark 4:19). Unless we are diligent and watchful, we will miss out on the best in our quest for the good. Take a moment to consider each area of your life through the lens of the lordship of Christ. What are the implications of this way of seeing?

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