I was recently teaching at Bible College on Biblical Priorities. Here’s a few snippets from it for your reflection.
Biblical values precede Biblical priority. When we are fully persuaded that Christ’s values are ours, our schedule will reflect this: we will give more attention and focus to Kingdom values and schedule our time in a way that is reflective of what we value. Then we will give our time and attention, forsaking all else – that is biblical priority!
We must learn to prioritise our life based on what makes us grow spiritually.
Five priorities for spiritual growth:
1. Private disciplines
a. Silence and solitude
b. Reflecting and journaling
c. Bible reading, meditating, memorising
d. Sharing God-centred stories with others
2. Personal involvement in your local church
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
The five key areas of involvement:
b. The Word
e. Community Life
a. Sunday Service Worship
“..addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:19-20
b. Sunday Service hearing The Word
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
c. Tithing (Stewardship of life – honouring God)
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need..” -Malachi 3:10
d. Serving (Stewardship of God-given gifts)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
e. Life Groups (Community Life)
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing..” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
3. Practical teachings received through active listening in church
a. Listen, take notes, read the text for yourself, re-listen and re-read your notes
b. Summarise the sermon in your own words to someone within 24 hours
4. Pivotal events that are reflected upon and gained wisdom
a. Defining Moments
b. Deep Valley Moments
c. Divine Encounters
Process these events in a God-centred way (theocentric). That means to put God in the equation of your moments in life.
A Biblical worldview is all about putting God in the equation of your life.
a. Think about life and all its realities (its joys & pains) in the light of God.
b. Think about man (his highest hopes & deepest shame) in the light of God.
c. Think about the wisdom of life in the light of God.
5. Providential relationships that must be valued and nurtured
Remember these truths:
a. God will bless you through people
b. Devil will also curse you through people
Discern every relationship in your life
a. Reason – what are they in my life to do?
b. Season – what time frame?
Destiny is established through relationships
Walk with the wise, become wise. Iron sharpens iron.
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
Three questions about relationships
a. Who am I spending time with?
b. What is their role in my life?
c. What effect are they having in my life?
Practice priorities in relationship
a. Limited association
b. Extended association
c. Inner circle
Do you have people in your life who can enrich you, encourage you, educate you, correct you, inspire you?
Make a decision today to prioritise these five priorities in your life and grow spiritually.