Challenge:

Today I want you to do something different, I want to save the devotion portion for tonight before you go to sleep.

Think about what your top priorities are. Now, as you go through today, look at your life through someone else’s eyes. What would they think were your honest priorities if they followed you throughout your day?

Living With A Cause

Isaiah 60:19

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Do you think God is selfish? Do you think that living our lives for Him and giving Him all the glory is selfish of Him? Do you doubt him? These may sound like silly questions but our deep and honest answers tell us how we see our Father. If even some part of these questions are true for you, it affects where God is on our priorities list and as such how we choose to serve Him. Evaluate yourself. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”

Going through today, what did you notice about your honest priorities? Are they really in the same order as you thought they were? Is God really your #1 priority?

The other day, my husband was telling me a story that he had heard in youth when he was younger. His leaders had told him to think of the longest string that he could possibly imagine, wrapping around and around the earth. Next, to imagine taking a sharpie and making a dot on that string. The dot resembled the time that we live on this earth and the rest of the string was our eternity.

This little time we spend on this earth determines where we will spend our eternity.  We need to be reevaluating our priorities daily to make sure they’re in line with where we truly want to go. Why would God send anyone to heaven if they weren’t truly passionate about wanting to be there? Our priorities affect everything.

this is really not as simple as it sounds. We need to have motivation. We need to have a cause. When either my husband or myself is faced with a problem, I always ask the question, “What kind of person do you want to be in 5 to 10 years, are you living in a way that you will grow into that person?” In my husbands situation, since he would like to become a pastor, I ask, “If you were the pastor of your church ten years from now, what would you advise someone to do if they were in the same situation as you are in now?” Using this approach it is recognizing that we are full of faults but as followers of Christ we are constantly living to become more mature in our faith. We are living with a cause to become the kind of person we would like to be even if we’re not quite there yet. When we live with a cause, “our God will be our glory,” and if you ask me, that’s pretty exciting!

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