Your priorities prove what you value. Your priorities, to a large degree, prove who you are. Furthermore, I believe, your priorities prove what (or who) is inside you. They prove who (or what) sits on the throne of your heart.
Three questions draw a picture.
When it comes to your priorities and who (or what) sits on the throne of your heart, I believe three simple questions can draw a very accurate picture of your life.
- How do you spend your time?
How you spend your time says a great deal about what you value and prioritize. You make time for what is important to you, so your priorities shine through in your daily life.
- Where do you spend your money?
Where you spend your money also says a great deal about what you value and prioritize. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Jesus Christ, as quoted in Matthew 6:21). You are much more willing to spend money on what you value, and you are much more likely to value something in which you have invested. Where you spend your money declares what you prioritize.
- What do you teach your children?
If you love your children, you want what is best for your children. You want them to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be, and so you teach them what you believe is important. What you value and prioritize are evident in and through what your children see in you. Whether intentionally or not, you are teaching your children what you prioritize. Hopefully, you are explaining yourself and using opportunities to communicate what is important, but even if you do not communicate clearly, your children (or grandchildren for those who are older) notice what your greatest commitments and priorities are. They might not fully understand yet, but they will. Beware. Be careful. Be intentional.
I believe those three questions draw an accurate picture of what you value and prioritize. Would you consider how you spend your time, where you spend your money and what you teach your children (or anyone under your influence), and ask yourself, “Am I satisfied?”
When you consider your life, do you believe you are prioritizing the right things? Look ahead to the end of your life, if you could. Do you think you will be able to look back and say that you were prioritizing the right things? If not, what needs to change? And, if changes are necessary, what needs to happen for those changes to become a reality?
You cannot fix your priorities.
Sure, you can make changes in your life. You can make adjustments and change your priorities, at least for a while. Ultimately, though, you simply cannot fix your priorities on your own. You need help. We all do.
A change made by you in your power and in your wisdom will only be a temporary change. No matter how smart you are or how much you can accomplish, permanent change requires more.
Lord willing, I will be continuing my sermon series Prove It on Sunday morning, preaching on the “Proof of Priorities” from 1 John 2:12-17. In the first few verses of that passage, John was encouraging his readers (and us) to consider the Source of that change. Then, he applies what that change will have on your life, and that change is not manufactured by our efforts and achievements.
The answer is on the inside.
What you prioritize will not make you right with God. Rather, God will make your priorities right. Thus, your priorities will prove the power that is in you – the power of God’s Spirit changing your life and thus changing your priorities.
If you recognize a need for more Christ-centered faithfulness in your priorities, I want to encourage you to cry out to Him. Do not try to fix your priorities. Ask the Lord to do the fixing.
First, make sure you have fully surrendered your life to Him, and then trust that He will do the work in and through you as you continually seek Him and rely on Him. The answer is on the inside, as your priorities prove if you have the power of God working in your life. So, if you are struggling with priorities or anything else in your life, surrender yourself to the Lord and ask for His help. Seek Him through His Word, walk with Him in prayer, be actively involved with a Bible-believing church, and talk about your faith with others.