Guest Service: Sunday 7th July 10.30am @ KEC
You are warmly invited to join us in exploring the topic of priorities
Every day we make choices concerning what is important or not, or what is more important than something else, because we can’t do everything at once. Do I do this or that first? Our decision will depend on what we judge to be the priority; which is most important or pressing? Like reading this article that you are reading now, do you have time for this? Is it important?
Generally we decide the importance of something on the basis of whether it will be advantageous to our happiness or security. We see this most clearly when we look at the bigger picture of our lives, and we do it all through our lives: getting through school, leaving home, choosing the right career, the right marriage partner and even retirement.
We prioritise the things that will make us happy or secure, and so many people aim for the things that the world tells us will bring happiness and security; wealth, success or power. Unfortunately, especially when we’re young, we don’t anticipate the hard knocks of life; ill-health, bad news, loss of jobs and a whole host of other problems that life can throw at us. In reality, few people achieve their goals and can be left feeling empty. Even those who do achieve their goals of being wealthy, successful and powerful often pay for it at the expense of their happiness, having sacrificed relationships with family and friends. Hence the saying, “Life is lonely at the top”.
So what should we prioritise above all else? In Matthew’s gospel, chapter 6, after pointing out some important priorities and then telling the crowd in verses 31 and 32 “So, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Jesus goes on to say, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
When we enter into a relationship with God the Father, through Jesus his Son, we find true happiness and security, because it is for this very relationship that we were created. As God is a God of love, he will supply our basic needs. Jesus does not promise us riches, why would he? We no longer need to look for our happiness and security in those things, because it is found in him.
That happiness, security and even joy, can be found the moment we recognise that our main priority is to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”.
Philip Hearn, Pastor