If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 NKVJ
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and you will have everything you need. Where is your priority? Jesus made it clear that God’s kingdom should be our first priority. Paul is confirming it in today’s verse also.
Looking at our thought life is one indicator of our priorities. Where do we focus our thoughts? Are you thinking about the office politics and how to get ahead? Are you wondering how you’re going to pay your bills? Are you worried you won’t fit in a school? Are you obsessing over a health issue? Jesus said no one can ever add a cubit to their height by worrying, so why bother? Read more about what Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-32.
Time is another indicator. The first church is a good example of where to spend time. Look at Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Where do we spend our time? Do we make time for God every day? Do we read His Word? Do we talk with Him throughout the day in prayer? How much time do you spend watching television? Or reading a book? What about serving others? Or community work? If you’re willing to spend time on something, then that something is priority in your life.
Another way to determine priority is by your checkbook. Again look at the first church in Acts 2:44-45 “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” Where do you spend your money? Do you tithe? Giving back to God what’s rightfully His before you pay your bills, is certainly sign that your priorities on God. What about the money you have left after you tithe and pay your bills? Where does it go?
We must be cautious, not to do these things for the sake of doing them or just to be seen by men. Jesus has a strong warning for us in Matthew 7:21-23 “”Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?”And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!””
If we’re in a right relationship with our Lord, then our motives will be properly aligned with His will and our thoughts, time and money will reflect His priorities too. Examine yourself today. Are you aligned with Him? Check you’re priorities. Are you focused on God’s kingdom? If not why?
Lord Jesus, thank you for working in us to confirm us into your image. Thank you for being our priority and giving us a desire to please you. In Your precious name we pray. Amen.