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"It's a Matter of Priorities"

August 2, 2006

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"Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

Here is a practical illustration to reinforce the idea that God's will, what He wants us to do, should take precedence. When it does, there will be time enough for all the activities that ordinarily mark our daily lives. It's a matter of priorities.

Take a jar and fill in three-quarters full of raw rice. Then fill a second jar with Ping-Pong balls. The rice represents all the daily activities that take so much of our time. The Ping-Pong balls represent those things our Lord would have us do. Try pouring the balls into the jar of rice. Not many will fit. There isn't room. Now reverse the process. Put all the balls into the jar and pour in the rice. Isn't it amazing that when we get our priorities straight, the Lord's business first, we have room for all the things we deem important?

When we confuse priorities, God's will so often comes up short. But when by God's grace we put His will and His desires first, there's room for those things that ordinarily constitute our lives. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us keep our priorities straight and put first things first.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to put Your will before our own; in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 119:89-176    2 Thessalonians 1

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