7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
Today as I was reading this chapter I was struck with this odd reality… This isn’t specifically what this verse is teaching us, I just realized something and it was prompted by this verse.
Most of you work or have something you are accountable to if you don’t work: feeding a pet, keeping a child alive, SOMETHING. With that, life doesn’t pause for us to take care of those things. (Stay with me lol) We grow depressed, we feel sad, we are tired, whatever the case we still fulfill whatever duty we have in front of us. Regardless of the circumstances we all have something we are stewards over and we will constantly attempt to fulfill the responsibilities of.
However, in our relationship with the Lord we are called to be servants of God’s Gospel, like Paul, yet we quickly set aside our relationship with God, studying, growing, etc. when almost ANYTHING else comes in the way. Evaluate yourself: how low is the bar for something to step in and take your focus off of God? Do you choose to not read when you’re sad or busy? Do you choose to not fellowship when you’re depressed, overwhelmed etc.? Do you respond the same way with work or whatever else it is that you’re responsible for?
The reality is this: God is likely not at the top of our priority list… Best case scenario we SAY He is our priority when in reality almost anything else can trump our time with Him… I’m guilty. I am guilty of putting a multitude of things before Him at times (including religious things).
See, you may not prioritize things of this world but maybe you prioritize “religious” things. What I mean is that you may do certain things “for” God like attending church, reading, doing a devotion, etc. but never really spend time with Him. We often allow other things to get in the way of our time/focus on Him.
Is God truly your priority or is He a secondary at best?
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that your salvation doesn’t depend on your perfect commitment. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to help you prioritize Him like Paul did.
Did you find someone you can fellowship with and stay accountable with? If you have been reading these and not doing that… I am going to find you and throw a wet noodle at your head. DO IT! 😛 Find someone you can stay connected with that can look at your life and say, “Hey… you’re only saying you are committed to God, everything in your life screams something different.”