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Mixed up priorities
The Pastor's Pen

by Pastor Jack Ward | Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

The story is told of a prosperous young investment banker who was driving a new BMW sedan on a mountain road during a snow storm. As he veered around one sharp turn, he lost control and began sliding off the road toward a steep cliff At the last moment, he unbuckled his seat belt, flung open his door, and leaped from the car. The car plummeted to the bottom of the ravine and burst into a ball of flames. Although he had escaped with his life, the man suffered a ghastly injury. Somehow his arm had been caught near the hinge of the door as he jumped and had been torn off at the shoulder. A passing trucker saw the accident in his rearview mirror, pulled his rig to a halt and ran back to see if he could help. When he arrived at the scene, he found the banker standing at the roadside Iooking down at the BMW burning in the ravine below. Incredibly the banker was oblivious to his injury and moaned. “My BMW, my new BMW!’’ The trucker pointed at the banker’s shoulder and said, “You’ve got bigger problems than that car. We’ve got to find your arm. Maybe the surgeons can sew it back on!” The banker looked where his arm had been, paused a moment, and groaned. “Oh no! My Rolex! My new Rolex!”

Anyone with any sense would rather have their arm back than a BMW or Rrolex. We would all agree that this guy is totally mixed up. But before you are too harsh on this man think about the fact that many people today have mixed up priorities especially in regard to spiritual things. Many do not give very high importance to spiritual truth in their own lives. How important is your relationship to God?

Jesus told us what our first priority should be in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” If you are not putting God first in your life, first in your list of priorities then you are as foolish as the man in the above story. If you are putting your goals, your hopes, your dreams ahead of God’s will then you are as foolish as the man in the story.

Matthew 18:8-9 tells us how important is it to get your priorities straight. “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off; and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

The Old Testament verse in Duet 6:5 gives us the importance that God should have in our lives. “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Jesus reemphasizes our greatest priority and even adds to it in Matthew 2:37-38 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I read it every day. Duet 30:20 “That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.” God is my life, he is in control of everything even the length of my life. If my life is His, I would be very foolish to not make Him my first priority, my first thought in all that I do. Are your priorities straight?

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