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Dr. Roland Turay - Director of Operations of Impact A Life FoundationThis week, we shall be discussing on “priority” in our ILF Holistic Christian Education

Many young Christian men and even some older Christian men struggle with knowing what things in life should be important to them.

What should your priorities as a Christian man be?

Even if you think you know what God says your priorities should be – how do you order your priorities as a Christian man?

First, let’s look at what a priority is….

What is a Priority?

A priority is something that is important to us, something that we care about.

If something is important to us, then we will show that by our deeds. For instance, the Bible tells us that if our faith is truly important to us, we will demonstrate that in our works.

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. – James 2:15-18

To place God as the number one priority for our lives means that we make a conscious decision to set aside our own selfish desires and distractions and focus on the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

A formal analysis of the Gospels yields 8 priorities to emulate:

  1. Healing
  2. Love
  3. Prayer
  4. Confidence in the treasures in heaven
  5. Oneness with God
  6. Spreading the word
  7. Innocence
  8. Humility

With this in mind, here are some tips that can help you make God your first priority:

  1. Start Each Day in the Word. Spending time in the Word each morning can help you to set your intentions for the day and align your plans with God’s.
  2. Get Involved in a Christian Community…
  3. Rest in the Lord.

Discipleship is learning from the One who called us to join Him on this journey; called us to learn, on this journey, how to live life in the Kingdom and seek ‘his righteousness’ (Mt 6:33) as the priority in life.

In reflecting on your Christian priorities, please tell us…

How do you order your priorities as a Christian?

Roland

ILF