Earlier last week, I posted What are your top 6 priorities? I listed, in any order: Family, community, work, church, friends and God. One other person, that I respect, amended this list and added Self. I asked you to do some honest work on assessing this in your life with your spouse and yourself and what you thought that the Bible would say about this list. As a result, I am listing the following order of what I believe the Bible tells us that our priorities should be:
- God - Jesus said, when asked by the leaders of Israels time, what is the greatest commandment, Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength (and the second, to love our neigbhor as our self.)
- Self - some may argue with this one, but I would like to contend the following verses: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 3 John 1:2, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 5:7-9. Our bodies are a temple to God (His Holy Spirit resides in each of us that are born again). How can we help others when we are not well? How can we show Christ in us, when we do not treat our bodies, mind and soul with this respect that God calls us to be.
- Family - as legacy dads we are called to be prophets, priests and kings of our household. Ephesians 5 tells us to love our wives as Christ loves the church. Colossians 3 gives us important details about the family: Love our wives and do not be harsh with them, do not embitter our children. Deuteronomy 6 tells of how we are to raise our children. Family is our direct mission field.
- Friends - we are to love our neighbor as our self. Who is your neighbor and why are we called to take care of our friends? Our life should model Christ and point our friends to church.
- Church - can really be included under friends. In church, we are called to corporate worship and to listen to the reading of scripture. We are called be the body (working together) to go and reach the disconnected growing the connected and making disciples.
- Work - King Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, tells us that life is but a mist. We are to work hard, enjoy life and to give all that we have to our maker. Without him in our life - it is pointless. Colossians 4 tells us how to approach work and to realize who we are working for.
- Community - lining up #1 - #6 gives us the importance of our mission field in our neighborhoods, towns, cities, states and nations. Mathew 28 gives us the Lord's commission - The Great Commission.