In our last post in this series, we took a look at the transformative process of the renewing of our minds. Today let’s continue this process and evaluate our priorities. As our outlook on life changes, so will our priorities, and we can help this process along by becoming intentional in our approach to priorities.
It might seem odd to some, but we tend to have major personal priorities that we’ve never really given any thought to; they’re just there. After all, how much time have you ever spent making conscious choices about them? If you are like most people, including me, you’ve never really given priorities a thought. So let’s try a little exercise.
Pick a time when you won’t be interrupted. If there is no such time, pick a relatively quiet time. Make a list (in writing!) of the five most important things in your life; be real about it. This will take some serious thought for most people.
Now, read Matthew 28:18-20 and then read over your list. The Matthew text will give you a realistic appraisal of God’s priority for you, so the question becomes, one of whether or not your most important things in life (priorities) match up with God’s priority. A secondary question would be whether or not your listed priorities are even complementary with each other; for most people they are not. For example, if your number one priority is to spend time with your family, number two is to become financially rich and number three is to have adventure, you are setting yourself up to fail because there are not enough hours in a day to do all three! By the way, these things don’t all line up very well with making disciples, either.
Next, with this in mind, let’s go back over our priorities and see if maybe we need to drop one or more of these things and replace it with something that lines up better with making disciples. This is a very intentional undertaking. If you like to be a contrarian, please note that I did not suggest that you neglect your family; they are people who need your mentoring to become disciples, too…
I realize that if you actually try this exercise, it is difficult, and will require a fair amount of thoughtful prayer and reflection, or to put it another way, it will require effort. Please stick with it! It will pay major dividends in your life. In our next “Disciple” post we’ll pick it up from this point. Your “homework” is to add the a question to your daily prayer time: Lord, what do my personal priorities need to be in order for me to serve you as you would have me to serve?
If you are like most people, the next few days will be quite interesting!