God. Family. Ministry.

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Will Rogers said “Common sense ain’t common.” A lot of what I preach I feel is just common sense. It doesn’t get any more plain than this: First things first & next things next.

God. Family. Ministry.

Hear, O Israel: Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, & strength. – (Deut. 6:5)

This is to be on our hearts: Jesus first. Everything else second.

What that means: The greatest thing I could do for _______ is to love Jesus.

  • Love Jesus more than your spouse. The greatest thing I could do for my spouse is to love Jesus.
  • Love Jesus more than your kids. The greatest thing I could do for my kids is to love Jesus.
  • Love Jesus more than your life. The greatest thing I could do for my life is to love Jesus.
  • Love Jesus more than your career or school. The greatest thing I could do for my career or school is to love Jesus.
  • Love Jesus more than your stuff.
  • Love Jesus more than the Bible, the Cross, the Church, or your ministry.

What that doesn’t mean: Do not love _______.

It doesn’t mean do not love your spouse, kids, life, career, school, stuff, the Bible, the Cross, the Church, or your ministry.

Absolutely love your spouse, kids, life, career, school, stuff, the Bible, the Cross, the Church, & your ministry.

Just, love God more than & above these things. That is the God-appointed order of the universe.

The devil wants this order re-ordered. Believe it or not, he is even happy with Family, God, Ministry (a mistake many Christians make)! Any list with God not first tickles the enemy pink.

Whatever is first on your list is your god. Is it work? Is it your kids? Is it yourself? If so, the devil is grinning ear to ear.

Smack that grin off his face! Make common sense common again!

Hear, O America: Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, & strength. – (Deut. 6:5… sorta)


Ref: https://www.gotquestions.org/family-priorities.html

http://biblehub.com/hebrew/8085.htm

http://www.lifeway.com/Article/Overcommitted-overloaded-overwhelmed-Prioritize

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About mrpatvincent

Follower of Jesus. Husband. Father. Pastor.
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