What God Says About Priorities

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Your priorities matter to God. God has a will, or desire, for the use of your time. The Bible helps us determine proper priorities and planning. Let’s see what we discover.

This is a key verse.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17

And here is a helpful warning.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11

Take Initiative

Initiative is necessary in planning. Waiting for another to direct our ways or being satisfied with idleness when others are not commanding action will lead to uselessness.

The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. Proverbs 15:19

No Excuses

Making excuses will always be an option, just not a good one. Setting priorities will allow you to differentiate between serious obstacles and obstacles that are easily fixed. For example, your age is not an obstacle. You can make a difference by seeking purity in word, action, and thought.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Use Your Gifts

You have a gift. That giftedness should be being used to help others, especially other believers.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

God’s Promise

Giving the right opinion of God should be the first thing we think of when setting priorities or planning out our week.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 5:33

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