Prioritized Schedules: The Number One Priority

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Church Leadership Basics: God’s Purpose for the Church
Prioritized Schedules Come by Living Life with Purpose
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One of the activities in the Living Life with Purpose Curriculum is to distribute a blank daily scheduling sheet and have students block out what they would be doing over the next twenty-four hours. They are then to think about what they would do differently if they knew it would be their last twenty-four hours on earth.  In teaching that session, I’ve primarily heard responses such as spending time making sure family and friends knew how much they loved them. Some responded that they would make sure their relationship with God was as it should be. Others stated that they would tell everybody they could about Jesus.

How interesting that according to Jesus, our relationships with God and others is how we should always be prioritizing our time.

Number One Priority for Prioritized Schedules: To Love God with the whole of your being

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matt. 22:37-38)

Notice the command: Love God.

Jesus did not identify the greatest commandment as serving God, worshiping God, making disciples, or any other endeavor we might do for God. Rather, we are to love Him. To be sure, loving God will be reflected in serving, worshiping, and making disciples but God is most concerned about our relationship with Him not religious activity.

  • Does your personal schedule reflect the nurturing of that relationship? Or, are you distracted by everything else on your schedule?

Notice the order: Love the Lord your God first then people.

Obviously this means we give Him first place in all we do and that we give Him our best. If we consider Him as the Lord our God, then we also let Him control our schedules which means other people don’t run our lives. He does. We don’t live to please ourselves or other people but rather to please Him because we love Him.

  • Does God get the best time of your daily schedule? Or, does He get what’s leftover?

Notice the amount: Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Our schedules should not be compartmentalized into “God time” or “work time” or “family time” or “me time” or whatever. All we do should have God at the center, with loving Him as our top priority no matter where we are, what we are doing, or who we are with.

  • Do you recognize that your time is God’s time? Or, do you approach your time with a sense of personal entitlement?

4 Replies to “Prioritized Schedules: The Number One Priority”

  1. What is it to be loving God, if it is not the activities such evangelizing, making disciples, how do we have this relationship. Is it by reading His word, prayer. How do you make GOD the center and not activities?

    • To be sure, Babalola, love for God will be demonstrated by what we do. We read verses like “If you love me, keep my commands.” (Jn. 14:15) and “this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (1 Jn. 5:3) But, God makes it clear that love is what should motivate our “activities” and when it does, what we do will purposeful activity with God at the center rather than running the treadmill of life with little eternal value.

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