What are your priorities? What goals do you have for yourself? More importantly, what are you doing about those priorities and goals? It’s one thing to have a goal and it is another thing to actually pursue it. A goal that is not pursued is not really a goal at all, but rather a wish. One person may say, “I wish I could get more money” and another says the same thing, but instead begins to do things to get more money. I the former case, there was no priority to getting more money, whereas in the second case, there was priority and corresponding actions.
This means that the things we give priority to in our lives are the things that we will work at. If you prioritize your relationship with God, then you are going to work at it by fellowship times, prayer, reading and studying the Bible, etc. We tend to do what we give priority to.
The Number One Priority
Now some would say that God is their number one priority. However, what does that mean? If I say that God is my number one priority, does that mean that I will go to church every day or never miss a Sunday service? Does it mean that I will follow the ten commandments or some other rule or law that is imposed on me? If God, or rather a relationship with Him, is your priority then that should be evident by the things you do.
The Kingdom of God
Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of our needs will be met (See Matthew 6:33). Jesus also told us that we live every word that comes from God and not just by the food that we eat for the body (See Matthew 4:4). These two passages of scripture highlight the importance of God and His Kingdom as well as the Word of God. Therefore, the pursuit of these should be the highest priority since all else are affected by it.
How often do you read your bible in order to know what God said? How often do you pray to God intimately? How often do you pursue other resources to know more about God and His Kingdom? Now compare the answers to those questions with your activities to get a promotion on your job, watch the next episode of your favorite sitcom, or watching sports.
Faith To Complete Your Goals
The Apostle James said that faith without corresponding actions is dead (See James 2:14-26). Likewise, goals without corresponding actions is meaningless or misplaced. If you say that your goal is to own your own business and you spend much of your time watching television, going to the casino, or otherwise doing nothing, then that is no really a goal. You just wish you could start a business because you are doing nothing to accomplish it. However, if you say that you want to own your own business and you start educating yourself and doing those things necessary to start a business then your goal is real. In the former case the real goal is entertainment of oneself, not starting a business. The reality of something can be seen by the activities regarding that something.
Now given that God is the number one priority, we will also have other priorities. For example, you may prioritize your dream of starting your own automobile school. You are going to spend a lot of time studying, learning, networking, etc. You will make sacrifices and you will tell many people “no” on many occasions. I made the point in a previous post how there is always someone around you telling you or trying to manipulate you to do what they say you should do. You must be strong and let nothing deter you from you dream.
Pursue Your Dreams
What you pursue determines where you go and what you accomplish. The Bible tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to you (See James 4:8). If we pursue God, then we will receive more knowledge and experience of Him. If you actively pursue owning an automobile school, then you will get it. You will prioritize that pursuit over many other things in your life.
Know what you want and where you want to go. After that begin pursuing it. Prioritize your activities so that you will get to be where you want to be and acquire the things you want to acquire. Always believe because everything is possible to those who believe (See Mark 9:23). Pursue your dreams, i.e., goals. God is the first pursuit because that will affect all other pursuits. After that, pursue the things that God has placed in your heart and make that pursuit a priority in your life. Amen.