Chapter 5

Are Your Priorities in the Right Order?

Priorities

Matthew 16:26: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul
?

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The Bible is a book of priorities – God’s priorities.  Let’s search the scriptures to help us get our priorities in order.

1. There is a big difference between temporary and eternal priorities, and Paul’s letters in the New Testament encourage us to examine the priorities of our lives. Read 1 Timothy 6:11-12.  In verse 11, Paul told Timothy to follow after
 
  and in verse 12, he told Timothy to fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on
 
  whereunto he was

2. Our anchor verse points out that making a life and making a living are two different goals.  I Timothy 6:18-19 says that if we do as many good deeds as we can and help everyone we can, we will lay a solid foundation
  that we may
 

3. Too many have their eyes set on having the biggest house in the neighborhood, or the newest shiny car in the driveway.  But Paul suggests that we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but rather on ... (2 Corinthians 4:17-19)
 

4. In Haggai 1:5-7, God warns us to take a good look at our priorities. The warning in this verse is for people who live only for themselves. It highlights how making ourselves #1 won’t bring contentment.  "Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts."
 
 
  c) You drink, but
  d) You have clothes, but
  e) You earn wages, but

5. In 1 Corinthians 3:13-14, we learn that everyone’s work will be
  to see
 
  If our priorities are out of order, our work will be of no value and have no reward.

6. Our checkbook and credit cards create a paper trail of what our true priorities are in this life.  Regarding our spending, in Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus counsels us:
 
 
  c) Instead, store up your treasures in
  d) Where moths and rust can’t destroy them, and thieves

7. There are two paths in life.  We can pursue the things we think will make us happy, or we can pursue God and make Him our priority.  The choice is ours.
  a) In Matthew 6:33, we are urged to seek first
   
    and then
  b) In Deuteronomy 30:19, we are given the choices of
    or ,
    and ,
    We are then encouraged to choose , that both thou and thy seed may live.

8. My husband and I made this choice years ago, early in our marriage.  As for me and my household, we will
  (Joshua: 24:15)

9. To be on track, our priorities should parallel Jesus’ priorities. 
  a) What is the first thing He did in the mornings? (Mark 1:35)
   
  b) What was Jesus’ primary goal for His life? (Luke 19:10)
   
  c) What can we do to parallel these priorities?
   
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