Replacing Our Priorities

Have you ever started for prioritizing your time, relationships, money in a God honoring way, only to have those new priority begin to slip away years, month, and weeks later?

For many of us our priorities seem to have a way of becoming less and less important over time. So what is it that keeps pouring at us and causes our priority to get out of whack?

Jesus says there’s a singular root cause of misplaced priorities. And that problem is materialism.

What is materialism? I actually have a little or nothing to do with what we have. It’s a disease of the rich and poor and everyone in between.

Materialism is a condition of the heart where we’re trusting or even believing that are outward props of things, money, status and power provides the ability to achieve for us inward peace, happiness,and satisfaction in life.

Material things are not evil in and of themselves. For instance, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a nice car Or even having a lot of money We just aren’t supposed to put our hope and trust in those things.

If there’s one scripture that helps me on all financial issues in life, it is a verse written by Paul.

Instructor those who are rich in this present world not to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but to God, who richly supply us with all things to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:18

In Matthew 6 Jesus warns us about materialism and keep yourself how to get to it’s root so that we can get to the root of our own misplaced priorities.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth; but if you’re up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is so will your heart be.

Matthew 6:19-21

Our treasure is always greatest, clearest, and truest revealer of our hearts.

If our Kroger is our money, time, energy, and resources, and we are putting our trust in temporal things.

Matthew 6:24 Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate no one and love it ever, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

The battle of our priority boils down to this: Either we have faith in God and His promises are we have faith in things and money and in their power to deliver our life.Although we can have both material things and God, we can only serve one

What I come to realize is that materialism has less to do with things or money and more to do with our heart and our faith in God.

Now, perhaps you’re thinking, this all sounds great but how do you expect me to live in a material world without becoming materialistic? I still have to pay bills, make house payment and buy food right?

God knows that we need things such as food, clothing and housing, but He doesn’t want us to worry or fixate on them.

Jesus tells us:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you’ll eat or drink, or about your body or what will you wear. Look at the birds in the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in Barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 6:25-27

In the scripture, what Jesus is really saying to us is this“ do you trust me to come through for you? Don’t you know that you were significant and valuable to me? If you prioritize your life my way, I’m going to give you the deepest thing you long or in your heart because I love you.

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