The Priority of God’s Kingdom
– “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:
‘The whole world has now become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever
and ever.’” (NLT)
I. THE USE OF TIME
This morning I want to talk about how you live your life. Because your life is the sum total of all
the decisions you make every day, and those decisions are determined by the priorities you set.
Having the proper priorities is vitally important.
Every living person gets the same 24 hours in every day, therefore time is the currency of life.
how you use that time determines what kind of life you live.
– “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully
as the unwise
witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time
[buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” (Amp.)
Every day there are competing alternatives for our limited time. There simply are more things we
want to do in each day than time will allow.
Therefore, the key to simplifying life is to prioritize
the activities you choose to do.
Identifying and choosing the proper priorities of life is the key to a successful and fulfilled life.
priority is defined as “The principle thing”; “the first among all others.”
To prioritize life means
to: “Place in order of importance”; “Establish the most important thing”; “Put first things first.”
If our priorities determine the quality of life we live and dictate all of our actions and behavior,
then we need to identify what the priorities presently are in our lives.
The greatest tragedy in life is not dying at an early age. It’s living a life with the wrong
Failure in life can be accomplished by becoming successful in the wrong assignment.
way of looking at failure is to view a person spending their entire life climbing the ladder of
success only to find out when they reach the top that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.
Jesus said it this way, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul.”
Most people in the world are driven by incorrect priorities which control their lives.
Behavioral psychologist Abraham Maslow in studying human behavior concluded that all human
behavior is driven by the same basic “hierarchy of needs”: air, water, food, clothing, housing,
protection, security, preservation, self-actualization, and significance.
So, when you look at the religions of the world you can see that all religions seek to appease
some deity in order to secure these basic needs. The majority of religious prayers are for personal
needs such as a good harvest, favorable weather, protection from enemies, promotion in life, etc.