To begin with the priority is to get the Aces out so you can begin your piles
Reference: “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” 1 Corinthians 14:26 NIV
Explore: I’ve started playing FreeCell on my phone. This is a solitaire style card game where the whole deck is set out in eight lines of cards and you have to move them around so you can put all the suits in a pile in order from Ace to King.
To begin with the priority is to get the Aces out so you can begin your piles. You can move cards onto other cards in a chronological order, alternating red and black, to release the Aces from the lines of cards.
While releasing the Aces is my primary objective I can sometimes get distracted by all the other cards. I see how I can reorder the lines into long chronological lines and I start working towards doing that.
After a few moves and several minutes later I suddenly realise that I’m no closer to releasing my Aces and have been concentrating on the wrong thing. I may have been moving cards but I’m not actually fulfilling the purpose of the game.
I remind myself to focus on the Aces and readjust my game plan accordingly.
Application: I think this can happen in our real lives as well, particularly when it comes to church. We get so hung up on small details that we forget about the greater purpose of why we gather together.
In 1 Corinthians Paul reminds us of the worship gathering purpose, for the whole gathering to be built up.
It’s not just a platform for one person to be praised, it’s to give glory to God by building up the whole congregation.
When we all connect to God we’re able to live better in accordance to God’s way.
There are times when we wander off our goal and we need to remind ourselves what the baseline purpose is. This could be in our worship, in our jobs, in our families, in our relationships.
We can busy ourselves with lots of activity, but if it’s not directed towards our main goal, then we could find ourselves wasting a lot of our precious time.
Prayer: Lord, remind us of the path You have us on and pull us back to our priorities. Help us to know when to act and when to let go. Amen.
What is a key goal you are working to achieve?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.