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Getting It Right

By Don Loftis | 09.14.11

 

When Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Mt. 6:33), He was certainly establishing a sense of priority.  Our financial budgets and time management skills should reflect that value system.  Nothing should come before the Lord!

However, Jesus was also suggesting that our religion is a passion.  We seek the Lord’s rule in our lives with great interest and energy.  Jesus calls on His disciples to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Mt. 5:6) and to “strive to enter through the narrow door” (Lk. 13:24).  Paul adds that he pressed on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).

John Piper, a noted preacher of today, was asked why he did not watch television.  He responded with two observations.  First, he desired to avoid the sexual content and the vulgar language that he felt weakened his own spiritual purity.  More importantly, he felt that television wasted the scarce amount of time that he had to accomplish important things.  He said, “It is the unremitting triviality of television that makes it so deadly.”  Our culture and its media have numbed us to the real challenges of building marriages, raising godly children and loving the Lord with every fiber of our being.

We need to make sure that our lives reflect the right priorities, and that our hearts are filled with the right passions.  Only then will we flourish spiritually; only then will we really get it right!

 


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