Ever feel pulled in every direction? Like everyone wants a piece of your time, money, and energy and there’s just not enough to go around? It might be because you’re “prioritizing,” a modern American idea in which we try to keep everyone around us happy. What if, instead of a list of priorities, you could live with just ONE priority? Just… seek the Kingdom in all of your life.
My teaching notes…
We are stressed. We live in chaos. Why? Because we’re trying to keep everybody happy, including ourselves.
HOW WE USUALLY PRIORITIZE:
- Worry about keeping God happy.
- Worry about keeping my spouse happy.
- Worry about keeping my kids happy.
- Worry about keeping my boss happy.
- Worry about keeping my bank happy.
- Worry about keeping my friends happy.
- Worry about keeping myself happy.
This leads to stress, anxiety, pressure, and eventually burnout.
Because it’s all about dividing myself up.
Jesus offered us a revolutionary of eliminating the worry, stress, and anxiety in our lives.
Matthew 6:31-34 NLT
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
HOW JESUS WANTS US TO PRIORITIZE:
- The KINGDOM of God.
The kingdom of God is the realm in which God’s will is done perfectly and God’s glory is revealed to the world.
How has God called and gifted me to use my time to grow and to sow?
How does God want me to spend, save, and invest my money?
What is God’s will for my family, friendships, and other relationships?
How can I bring glory to God every day with my whole heart, mind, and body?
How can I give my best for God in every area of my life – family, career, worship, finances, etc.?
And then Jesus spelled out God’s will for us.
Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important. Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.
-> Love God.
-> Love people.
Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.
-> Love God.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 NLT
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people.
-> Love people.
To find the margin you need in your life, stop worrying about keeping everyone happy. Live for the single priority of letting God’s kingdom come through you in every relationship in your life.
And start with getting to know Jesus.