Keep your spiritual priorities in place
“We ought to give…more earnest heed to the things…we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” Heb 2:1
Your highest priority should always be your relationship with God and fulfilling His will for your life. Don’t let that priority “slip.” There is a sobering illustration of this in the Old Testament. A soldier was given custody of an important prisoner. He was told, “If by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver” (1Ki 20:39 NKJV). In spite of the warning, he allowed his prisoner to escape. How did it happen? Through carelessness and busyness. “‘While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.’ Then the king of Israel said to him, ‘So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it’” (v. 40 NKJV). Keeping your spiritual priorities in place is your responsibility and no one else’s. If you don’t do it, you will pay a high price. “But I pray each morning,” you say. That’s good, but do you take time to listen to God and get direction before you rush into your day? Some of us have deleted from our Bibles and our thoughts those Scriptures that command us to “wait on God.” There is a work going on in your life right now. You may not be fully aware of it, but without it you will never be qualified to handle what God has in mind for you. The Bible says, “Jesus often withdrew…and prayed” (Lk 5:16 NIV). Spending time with God is the price you pay for hearing from Him and doing His will. Spiritually speaking, there is no shortcut to any place that’s worth going.