I’ve removed God from the top of my priority list. That’s right. He is off the top of the list of “major concerns of my life.” He didn’t ever belong there anyway. It’s way past time for me to make this decision.
Use the best of my time off for him? No more.
Give him a tenth of my income off the top? Never again.
Consider him one of my “big rocks?” No way.
If you want to know what led me to this decision, I’ll tell you. The decision came from my realization of this truth: Dead men don’t have priorities. We don’t have time. We don’t have money. We don’t have “big rocks.”
In the context of calling me to set my heart and mind on “things above,” Paul reminds me that I died and that I have been raised with Christ (Col. 3:1-4).
My new way of living is rooted in my deadness and resurrection with Christ. Here is why God is no longer my #1 priority: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on thiJengs above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
God is not top priority in my life because Christ is my life. Everything is about him. All of my priorities are decided based up his desires and purposes. This is not me living anymore; it is Christ living in me (Gal. 2:20). When I’m working, Jesus is my life so I pursue his goals there. When I’m at home my wife and kids see Jesus when they see me. Whatever I am doing with money, it will reflect holiness because it all belongs to him. When I’m at play, I’m not wondering when I can give time for the sake of Christ; people will see Jesus in me.
How would your days be different if Christ got moved off your priority list so that you could make him your life?