Jesus Christ: Not First Priority

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When Christians are asked about the importance of Jesus Christ in their lives they may say he occupies first place in their lives. He is the first priority. I understand this thought process, but I think it is short-sighted.

When we speak of priorities in life we often think of order of importance. For example, the first thing many Christians do when they wake-up is have a prayer and devotion time. This time is the first priority of the day. It is the most important part of the day that gets one ready for the rest of the day.

The problem is once this morning devotion is finished, it is time to move on to the next priority. While (we hope) the devotion time has a positive impact on the rest of the day – it’s over!

Enter Jesus.

The morning devotion is time spent with Jesus, but when the devotion time is over time with Jesus should not be. If we think of our time with Jesus as first priority we are in danger of simply recycling Him to the top of the priority list for the next day.

My offer is to help us believers think a little more clearly about the role Jesus plays in our lives beyond thinking of Him as first priority. Not only is the Christian’s life hidden with Christ (Col. 3:3), but He is our life (Col. 3:4).  Therefore, we should think about Jesus Christ as occupying the position of priority in every aspect of our lives.

Every thought, decision, and relationship et al. we Christians have should be shaped through our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Mark

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1 Geno June 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I enjoyed this post. One thing you said was… “Not only is the Christian’s life hidden with Christ (Col. 3:3), but He is our life (Col. 3:4).” 
This is spiritual truth, but like most spiritual truth, it needs to be believed, received and taken hold of…. OR it simply is not a reality in our lives.
I see this as a major problem, especially in the modern, western church.
We’re fairly good at quoting scriptural truth, or saying “Amen” to it… but not real good at embracing and living it.

2 Mark Lamprecht June 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

@GenoThanks for the comment. I whole heartedly agree that people are “not real good at embracing and living it.” I almost addressed that.

3 Bob Allen June 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Good point, Geno. By the way I looked at your website, and I really enjoyed it

4 Geno June 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

@Bob Allen Thanks Bob.  I hope to see you around on the site. Make yourself at home

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