How do you spend your time? What controls your day? Write down everything that you do on a regular basis on an average day. You probably spend 8 hours a day working, around an hour driving; at least an hour eating; watchig t.v (?); 6-8 hours sleeping; and all the other things that make up our days.

Now make a list of things that are important in your life. I imagine that the list will look something like this: 1) God, 2) Family, and 3) Health. How much time do you devote to these things? Did they really even make your list? Why are the important things in our life receiving no scheduled time?

Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6.33). Martha and Mary illustrate this principle perfectly. In Luke 10.38-42 Jesus entered a village and was a guest in the home of a woman named Martha. Martha’s sister was Mary. Mary was hard at work taking care of the guests while Martha “listened to his teaching” (10.39). Mary couldn’t listen to Jesus because “she was distracted with much serving” (10.40).

Mary thought Martha should stop listening to Jesus and help serve, but Jesus saw things differently. Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (10.41-42).

Jesus also said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6.19-21).

What can we do if our daily routine doesn’t reflect what is important to us? First we must examine our heart to make sure that the things we say are important really are important to us. Then we must reschedule our lives to accommodate our true priorities. That will take some time and it will be difficult. If we are going to put God first, our daily routine must reflect that decision.

Gospel Meetings, VBS, regular worship opportunities, and Christian service will begin to dominate our schedules when we make God’s priorities our priorities. Work, t.v., sleep, and monotony will dominate our schedules if we allow the world to become our true god.

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