Top Priority

For me to cancel something important there must be a very good reason.

John 11:1-16

Reference: ““But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”” John‬ ‭11:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: It’s amazing how easily you can clear your calendar if you really need to.

I’m someone who holds my responsibilities very seriously. If I commit to a meeting then I like to be prepared and turn up on time.

For me to cancel something I deem important there must be a very good reason.

I remember when my dad fell very ill and I needed to drop everything to go and see him. There were a number of meetings that hinged on my presence. Before Dad got sick I wouldn’t have thought anything could stop me from being there.

But a family emergency put everything else in perspective. Being with my father was more important than any meeting I could have planned.

Application: Sometimes Jesus’ priorities confused the disciples. Instead of schmoozing the religious leaders, Jesus challenged them. Instead of mixing with the rich and famous, He hung out with the known “sinners”.

And when it came to being with His friends in a time of trial, He risked His life for it.

Sometimes we’re more like the disciples than Jesus. We forget what our priorities should be.

But reading through the gospels it’s a good reminder for us to place our priorities with Jesus. He is our ultimate top priority.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for reminding us that You are our priority. When we follow You then it helps us to put our other priorities in the correct order. Amen.

List the priorities in your life. Do your actions replicate the order of this list?

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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.