Prioritizing Our Life Around Our Faith

A few weeks ago I posted a point from Sunday’s service regarding time. Below you will be able to read that post by clicking the link under resources at the end of this post. In today’s post I want to revisit the thought of priorities and leave you with a scripture and brief statement.

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. -Acts 2:42 NLT

As the early Church grew they prioritized their life around their faith. I fear we are so far removed from that concept. Instead, we prioritize our faith around our life. If our faith gets in the way of our life…we choose our life, or way of living. Far be it for us to base our schedule around what would be most beneficial as it relates to our spiritual growth.

The difference between those people who made up the early Church and what we’ve come to know as the Church is that the early believers prioritized their life around their faith not the other way around, their faith around their life.

Resources – More Reading On Life of Pursuit:

  • You Have Time, 168 Hours to be Exact
  • Am I Speaking Clearly
  • Spiritual Disciplines are Memorials
  • You Have Time, 168 Hours to Be Exact

    I am thankful for Pastors who pour into my life and challenge me in my walk. The basis of what I am teaching on Sunday’s comes directly from what others have poured into me and I believe the way it has challenged and changed me will do the same for those whom I Pastor. Currently at 11:00AM on Sunday Mornings at North Aiken Church of God we are taking a good look at Acts 2:41-47. The two main questions I am asking are, “What am I doing that is growing the Church?” To narrow that down a bit, “Am I growing in my walk with Christ.”

    When we personally grow the Church grows. The body of Christ is more than just an event or experience but a lifestyle. A lifestyle of dying to self and living for Christ. As we grow, become mature, we don’t focus on how we can serve ourselves but rather how we can serve Christ in the context in which we live. Serving Christ means serving others.

    One of the things which we learned yesterday is that we have no problem making time for the things which we want to make time for. My friend Mike DeGuzman said, “Growing is not a lack of opportunity but a lack of desire.” How true that is. If I am going to grow in my relationship with Christ I need to weed out the things that are keeping me from continually devoting myself to Him. This comes by shifting our focus and efforts and making God first priority. We always make time for what we want to do.

    We each have a total of 168 hours this week. We have a ton of stuff which has the ability to distract us from the main thing. My encouragement to you is to take a good look at what you spend time doing before saying I don’t have time. Rearrange your priorities and let the God things be the main things. Your growth depends on it, so do others.

    A Personal Reminder and What Should Follow

    Sometimes we allow other things to take the place of priorities in our life. A priority I have wanted to develop is writing more. Why? I was encouraged, exhorted if you will to make writing a priority by an individual whom I look up to and has been making investments in my life and ministry. So, I started making writing part of my daily routine. For a couple of weeks at least. Matter of fact when I look over my blog that is a constant trend. A few weeks of active posting, then every once in a while, and eventually long gaps of nothing. The cycle then repeats.

    My wife mentioned to me at the beginning part of this week that she has noticed I have slowed down in my posting. Errr, It happened again. I started out with good momentum and I allowed something else to get in the way. While looking over this trend which is evident in my writing/blogging it reveals a bigger issue with my life. Discipline, or in my case a lack of it. We can’t afford to allow lesser things to take place of the main things that we should be doing.

    When we ease up on discipline we become slothful. Life and sometimes even pressing things which are necessary have a way of interrupting some of the most important things which we need to be doing.

    I have deliberately wrote this as a personal reminder for myself. As I review and read over my posts I will be able to gauge how well I am doing at keeping my commitment to write by how far this post moves down the line. My goal, in a years time that there be at least 260 posts in front of this one. That equals out to approximately 5 posts a week. I was reminded yesterday at the Oasis Pastors Conference that as a Pastor and communicator…”You will not improve your speaking skills until you improve your writing skills.” -David Kemp.

    The overall purpose of my writing will fall in line with my goal for this blog, to motivate mobilize, and mentor others to live life in a passionate pursuit of God. However, here is what you can expect to read; I will post what God is specifically teaching me through my alone time with him, as well as my preaching notes and notes from conferences I attend. I will also write about what I am learning about life and ministry while serving and leading in the role of Lead Pastor.

    Any insight or thoughts you want to pass along to me, leave them in the comments.