Number One

What are your priorities? What (or who) do you love? Do you know what (or who) you love? Do you know how you can determine what your top priority is? Who do you believe should be your top priority?

If you are like most people, your priorities change quite often. For some of us, our priorities change by the hour. We are not alone in changing our priorities. We all do it. Our priorities are situationally dependent. But should they be?

If you were to consult with an expert on setting priorities, even they would advise you to change your priorities as your life situation changes. That is good advice to an extent. We should change every priority except one. Our top priority should never change.

Why should our top priority never change? Our top priority should always be God. That doesn’t mean we don’t love our spouse, children, friends, extended family, pets, or job. We can love all of them. But Jesus clearly tells us in Matthew 10:37, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Jesus makes it clear who number One should be.

It is also clear in today’s passage that we are not to love money. Being content with what we have is key. After all, if we make God our number one priority, and we know Him and His Word intimately, we know He has given us what we have. Trusting in Him in all things means we trust He has given us exactly what He wants us to have. So, not being content with what we have means we are not content with God.

As we grow in our faith, we grow more content with what God has blessed us with. When we make Him our top priority, we don’t need earthly rewards. We know we have a heavenly reward that is far greater than anything we can receive on earth.

I pray we all keep ourselves from the love of money. I pray we are content with what God has blessed us with. I pray each one of us know deep in our hearts that God will never leave us. Free yourself from the love of money. Be content. Grow in your faith. Trust God. Know that God is always with you.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.” 

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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