Priorities

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 23:34-40 (NRSV)

,,,Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)

It can be easy to prioritize many things over God: our families, jobs, studies, sports, or music. When Abhilasha Morris Paul, from India, was a teenager, he gave importance to things like the cinema, games, music, and TV programs. But when he came to know the Lord Jesus, he reminded him: "Abhilasha, you are mine. You should give me the first place in your life. When you seek me and my kingdom, you will lack nothing." Now that Abhilasha has his priorities in order, he has found this to be true.

God wants to be our priority. Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."

For five years, Abhilasha taught in a non-Christian school. While he was there, God helped him through many situations. He is now teaching in a Christian mission school where he finds it easier to prioritize his relationship with God, and he is able to know God more deeply and glorify God's name. God has provided for him in each stage of his life.

This is true for most of us. God will provide for us as needed according to where we are on our journey with Him. The closer we draw to God and the better we get to know Him, the easier it becomes to recognize how well He provides for us no matter what circumstances we are in.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to seek you and your kingdom above all. May we make you the center of our lives no matter what cirecumstances we are in, in Jesus' name, amen.

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