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But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

My wife had to be the first to know

Several years ago I approached my wife and told her there was something I needed to tell her. “You should sit down,” I cautioned her.

“What is it,” she said nervously.

“You are not number one in my life anymore,” I determined the remark must sear both our hearts.

Quickly (and I do mean quickly) I explained how Jesus Christ was numero uno and why that was important to our relationship. Our relationships with Jesus Christ could not take a backseat to our relationships with each other.

Am I number two?

“Well honey, maybe.” I expected a handful of coasters to come flying in my direction.

“In God’s economy,” I continued, “everything is number two.”

What I finally was able to convey to my wife is that Jesus Christ is our top priority and we must depend upon Him to prioritize the rest of our lives. In so doing we can trust that all our relationships will be enhanced, not to mention all our other needs.

The List

Many Christians have them. “On my list,” they might say, “God is number one, my wife is number two, my kids are number three, my job is number four,” and so on and so forth.

Friends, we should toss out those lists. Why? Because God is not a respecter of individuals, therefore our lists should not reflect that we are.

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality” Acts 10:34

If you have a list, go back to it for a moment. Imagine you took the day off from work to celebrate an anniversary with your spouse when the school calls announcing  your child was just rushed to the emergency room. Let me ask you,

Who is number two on your list now?”

And if I may be so bold to ask, where does a stranger fit on your list? Number five? Six? Fifteen?

But (a certain lawyer), wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ Luke 10:29-35

I can’t help but wonder where the Samaritan was going that day. Did he have a list? Was he walking to ‘number four’ (work)? Was he rushing to ‘number three’ (to see his son’s athletic event)? Wherever he was going doesn’t really matter, because when he encountered this situation, it took priority.

Think about it; the priest and the Levite (who ignored the stranger) did so because they were selfishly locked-into some prioritized and pre-manufactured list. What a shame. Not only did they miss out on an opportunity to help a stranger, they totally ignored the divine appointment God had specifically arranged for them before the beginning of time!

Essentially their list became their stumbling block.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Time is Short…Toss the List

God has set our priorities. Don’t allow some list to stand in the way of what He would have you do today. Throw out the list and trust God to provide your spouse and family with their much-needed ‘number two’ time. You should because He will.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

  1. What do these passages say about God?
  2. What do they say about us?
  3. What changes should we prayerfully consider?

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