Perspectives on Priorities

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. — Colossians 3:2 (NLT)

What are your priorities? Family? Food on the table? A fancy shirt for a flamboyant fun-filled festival? 

Please don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing particularly wrong about having a fancy shirt for a flamboyant fun-filled festival. But when it’s our most important priority in life, then perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate.

The COVID pandemic certainly presented us with a paradigm shift in our perspective. Everything was fine before COVID, wasn’t it? We had a kind of normality that we had grown accustomed with, comfortable with. We had our work, our jobs, our employment, our salary, our routines, our travel, our cafés, our meals out, our relationships, our family gatherings, our days out and nights in … until we didn’t. Now, our priorities changed to where we could get toilet roll, how we could survive without haircuts, when would we be able to hug our loved ones, what would we do with all the free time we suddenly had on our hands.

Many started thinking about life, and what is it all about? Is there more to life than this? Is there a God? And if there’s a God, what on earth is He doing? Is it His doing? Is there a more sinister meaning or a man-made plot behind all of this? Is it an evil wrought on the world, or is it just a chance transition of a semi-hazardous virus into a lethal variety? 

Priorities changed. Perhaps they changed for the better. For some, they changed for the worse. Many turned to more carnal contemplation as the numbers accessing pornography online rocketed. 

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

— Colossians 3:2 (NLT)

You see, Christ gave us a new life in Him. We are to become more like Him, and His thoughts are on the things of heaven, not the things of earth. The Bible tells us further, in the next few paragraphs:

… clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.

Excerpt Colossians 3:12-15

How much better would life be for us all, if we followed that advice. Because when we do, we “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” Isn’t that something we all crave? Peace in our hearts? 

If you don’t have peace in your heart right now, then maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a change in perspective on your priorities.

May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that have everything under control, and if we only focus our priorities on the things of heaven, rather than the things of this world, You bring us peace.  This we pray in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.

If you’re struggling to find peace in your life right now, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. We’d also love to know what you think. Leave a comment here on the website, or on Social Media. May God Bless You.

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