One thing that I remember about my sophomore year of college is that it was the first time in my life I truly felt overwhelmed and stressed out. I hadn’t yet learned to manage my time wisely so I agreed to take an active (and often leadership role) in every extracurricular and ministry opportunity that came my way. I also had a very busy course load, which was, of course, the reason I was there.
I will never forget getting my final grade for my class on the New Testament book of Acts that semester. It was a C – . I wasn’t used to getting grades like, especially in my Bible and Theology classes. I quickly realized what had happened. I let my priorities get out of focus. Even though I was using my time for good things, I had lost site of the reason I was there in the first place – my degree.
As we discussed in yesterday’s sermon this can happen very easily in our spiritual lives as well. God should be the very first priority in our lives. He created us, He gives us our purposes, and what could be more valuable in this universe than experiencing HIs love? Yet we all know how easy it is to let priorities slip, to lose sight of the reason you are even here in the first place.
It is a good practice to evaluate your heart and your motives often. Are you looking to the approval of others more than the approval of God? Are you finding your treasure in earthly, rather than Kingdom things? Do you find yourself more prone to anxiety or prayer?
These simple questions help us notice when we are putting other priorities first. Don’t get bogged down by guilt, just make a course-correction. Sometimes that means saying “no” to some perfectly reasonable things and sometimes that means seeking God’s guidance on very serious matters in your life instead of trying to figure it out yourself. Either way, follow Jesus’ advice and put the Kingdom first so that everything else can work itself out.