When God speaks to you, it’s almost funny how things work out. Over the last several days I’ve had to remind myself, well my mouth really, where my priorities are. I’ve heard Gods voice, felt His little nudges.. y’all know the ones I’m talking about, right? So priorities- I have a little something to share….
I’ve been reading off and on in Luke… in chapter 9 God tells some men “follow me” and He says okay, God- yeah but first let me bury my father.. God asks another guy and he says sure God but first.. let me go say bye to my family…..
and this is what Jesus says.
“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”
Reading again in Luke several chapters over. A man invited all these people to eat dinner with Jesus… one had bought something he had to attend to and couldn’t come. Another had some other stuff to try, too busy, and couldn’t come. Another somebody had just gotten married and couldn’t come.
Y’all nothing, NOTHING, should be placed before Jesus and fellowship with Him. Nothing. Not your children. Not your husband. Not yourself. This does not mean map your day out and pencil in five minutes of quiet time with Jesus at the top. He is constant counsel over our day. You want to start your day out with a quick devotional- that is great- no better way to start the day, but don’t let that be the only time you pursue Him. Instead of a listed complied with Jesus, errands, kids, husband let it be Jesus and Me, Jesus and Errands, Jesus and kids (isn’t this where we need him most?), Jesus and husband.
You see? Constant.
My kids are not more important than my husband and my husband is not more important than My Jesus. Whatchu say, Mama? Your kids don’t come first? No. My children are #3 because God SAYS they are number #3. The last time I chose to do what was best for my kids instead of what was best for my husband I got a divorce. I put a relationship with my husband over my relationship with God and guess what- I got a divorce. There’s a reason they biblically fall in the order they do.
I see so many people, have talked to so many people, am watching so many people fall into the same traps I fell into in their marriages, in their homes, in their lives and I cannot CANNOT tell you how important it is to reorganize your life. Map a circle of your responsibilities and put God in the center. It cannot be in “list” format. You can’t move systematically down the line making checks. That’s not how God wants things. Do something, move back to the center, do something else, move back to the center that way everything on your not-list starts with Christ’s guidance. It’s when you forget to start there that gets you off balance.
But first let me do this. Actually, I can’t- I have to do that. Oh just wait, I will but first…
Its a shame we spend so much time barreling for success, building our own lives that we miss so much of what God already had planned. Instead we’re plowing our way down a more painful path, hitting every hole to get where we’re supposed to be instead of just looking straight. Instead of just looking to God. If the farmer tries plowing a field lookin in a million directions none of his crops are straight and his field looks a hot mess… and we wonder sometimes how our lives look like they do? How did we even get here. More importantly, how do we get out?
You don’t have to get things in order to put him first. You don’t have to live a perfect life to put him first.
“I have come not to call the righteous but the unrighteous” Luke 5:32
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners” Mark 2:17
Jesus calls us right where we are. He meets us in life right where we are. And y’all He wants to use us RIGHT WHERE WE ARE. He just wants to be with us. Literally all he wants is to save us from ourselves, to save us from the punishment we deserve, but if we keep saying just wait a minute or I’ve got something else to do He can’t help us!!
I’ve been on both sides, ladies. Jesus has done so much for me. That is why I do this- why I read and read and write and write and answer all of these messages and try so hard to point all of you back to scripture because I want to help. I want people to know what total surrender feels like. I did not have much to give God when I turned my life over because I have spent so much of it on myself there just wasn’t much left but y’all that investment, that surrender was the best one I’ve ever made for everybody. The best prioritizing I’ve ever done for my #3 and my #2 is make Jesus my #1.
I’m always here if you need some encouragement , some help, a push.
Love y’all so very much,