PRIORITIZING THE KINGDOM – Part I
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything you need for life will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33)
The statement in Matthew 6:33 is the most important statement made by Jesus, and it establishes what should be the first priority in our lives. Jesus identifies the Kingdom as being more important than food, water, clothing, shelter, and every other basic human needs. According to His assessment, then, what should be mankind’s priority and primary preoccupation in life? The Kingdom of God. God’s number-one priority for mankind is that we discover, understand, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This declaration by Jesus also suggests that there must be something about the Kingdom that all of mankind has missed and misunderstood. If everything we pursue and strive for to live and survive are found in the Kingdom, then we have been misguided and perhaps have imposed on ourselves unnecessary hardship, stress, and frustration.
The greatest secret to living effectively on earth is understanding the principle and power of priorities. Life on earth holds no greater challenge than the complicating daily demand of choosing among competing alternatives for our limited time. Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities. How we use our time every day eventually defines our lives. Life was designed to be simple, not complicated, and the key to simplifying life is prioritization. Priority is defined as the principal thing; putting first thing first; establishing the most important thing; primary focus; placing in order of importance; placing highest value and worth upon a thing; first among all others.
The Power of Priority
If our priority determines the quality of life and dictate all of our actions and behaviors, then it is essential that we understand and identify our priorities. One area that is very crucial we apply the principle of priority is how we use our time. Time is the true measure of life. In fact, time is the currency of life. How you spend your time determines the quality of your life and death. You become whatever you buy with your time. Always be aware that everything and everyone around you is vying for your time. Your time is important because your time is your life. And the key to effective use of your time is establishing correct priorities; making first thing first.
When your priorities are correct, you preserve and protect your life. Correct priority is the principle of progress because when you establish your priority according to your purpose and goals then your progress is guaranteed. Correct priority protects your time. When you set the right priorities, then you use your time for intentional purposes; your time is not abused or wasted. Correct priority protects you decisions. Correct priority protects your discipline. Correct priority simplifies your life.
Failure to establish correct priority causes you to waste your two most important commodities: your time and your energy. When your priorities are not correct, you will find yourself busy with the wrong things, majoring on the minor, doing the unnecessary, or becoming preoccupied with the unimportant. Incorrect priorities in your life will cause you to invest in the less valuable, engage in ineffective activity, and abuse your gifts and talents. Ultimately, it will cause you to forfeit purpose, which results in failure.
NOTE: The above is the sermon outline preached by Rev Gideon Akanbi at the GODLY BRAINS INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTER on sunday 9th June, 2019.
Part of this outline is gleaned from “Kingdom Principles” by Myles Munroe