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"First Things First"

October 25, 2006

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"I consider my life worth nothing to me if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me -- the task of testifying to the Gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

Everywhere around us people are busy. Conversations with people of all ages and occupations reveal that most people have hurried schedules and jam-packed lives. And why? With improved communication, transportation, and technology, we should be more efficient and have more time, right? No, the more quickly we can do things, the more we cram into our lives.

What takes up our time? When there seems to be more to do than time and energy to do it, then Christian stewards must reassess what is important. God tells us that what is important is testifying to the Gospel of Jesus. Our testimonial is the same, but each of us has been chosen to testify to the Gospel in different ways, using differing gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4). Our first priority is to use our gifts and accomplish our task of witnessing to Jesus, whether in our home, our workplace, our school, our church, or our community. In so doing, we have our priorities in order and are fixed "on things above" (Colossians 3:2).

The gift of salvation sets up a new set of priorities for the investment of our time and the use of our talents as we testify to Him, for Jesus' sake.

PRAYER: Dear Father, set our priorities on things above; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 20, 35-36    Colossians 4

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