What is Most Important?
How has your walk with God grown this past week? Are you having deeper quiet times, more sincere prayers, spending more time serving others or are you spending more time with your fellow Christians?
Think about your daily routine and the things in life that you value most outside of God. As you reflect on these things what two things come to mind as holding the most value in your life?
How much of your free time do you spend doing or enjoying these things?
The Term Value is defined by google “as the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.”
Often enough, when we begin the work of God, we view these works as being extremely valuable. We will work tireless hours to coordinate a project, make preparations for a visitor or even simply spend hours delivering food to the needy. When Joe visited us this week, he mentioned that during these times, it is easy as Christians to get caught up in the good we are doing and miss what is most important. Let’s review an example of someone doing good but missing the most important thing.
The Rich Young Man
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
The Scripture goes on to say that for the wealthy it will be difficult to enter the kingdom of God because they hold their valuables in higher regard. Living here in the United States we live in a land of considerable wealth.
As you read through the rich man’s story, was it clear that he had done all he could to be a good man?
If you were called to give up all the possessions you had to retain a relationship with Christ, how difficult would it be to let go?
If you were to set aside all of the good works you currently do, (ie: serving in kingdom kids, worship ministry, ushering, leading small groups, working with Hope, serving in your community, taking care of your neighbors, etc.) what would God find? Would he see a man or woman filled with joy to simply sit at his feet? Or would he find a busy bee?
Bringing It Home:
Joe taught us that aside from all of our good works and things we do in life; we need to stand up for Jesus. We need to let others know what is most important. We should exemplify Christ as most important in our careers, in our families and throughout our very lives. Let’s continue our reading of Mark 10 to see what Jesus says about following him.
Mark 10: 26-31
26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
How have you made it clear as the disciples in Mark have, that Jesus is most important in your life?
What areas of your life could be improved to further show that Jesus is the most important?
As we go about the rest of this week, let’s constantly be looking for ways to put Christ first in our lives. Let’s pray together, spend time together, share our journeys together and most importantly, value Jesus above everything.
Please keep working on your selected challenge as you work to place Jesus first in everything.