Priorities

Priorities

What are our priorities? In Haggai 1:9, it says, “‘You expected much to see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?’ declares the Lord, O God Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.'” We kind of don’t expect God to oppose us. He’s for us, not against us. However, what the scripture demonstrates is a priority. How engaged are we in the local church? The reality is that funding from God’s provision to us should also help build His house. Discipline and putting aside a fixed amount each week that meets the kingdom of God, whether or not that’s His house or other things that He is doing, is one well worth having. We’re called to serve not only in the marketplace, but also in the local community. While sharing the financial burden using our prosperity to meet the needs of others and financing the kingdom of God, we also need to be generous with our time and build the local house of God. Then, we can be rest assured that He will provide for us.
Quick Prayer: Show me my path in building Your house. Amen.

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Priority

“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” (Pro 24:27)

There is a lot of wisdom in this one very short verse. When we approach a new problem or situation, we have to ascertain the priorities. In this case, the part of the required solution is productive and will ensure the secondary outcome.

If the fields are planted and the income is assured, then time and resources can be allocated to building the house. If the approach is the opposite, the house may well be built but with no food and resources, and disaster would ensue. The outcome could well be the loss of the house.

These two outcomes—failure and success—came from the same set of resources in the same situation with the same people; the only differentiator was the priorities set.

Quick Prayer: I see Your priorities, Lord. Help me to align my life to them. Amen.