Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Why God is No Longer Top Priority
You see, if God is my number one priority, what is number two or three? What are numbers four through fifty? And when I am working on, and giving full attention to, say, priority number twelve, where is God then? Does God just take a back seat? Is God just another one of many competing priorities to be clumped together and sorted alongside others of my life's priorities?
There they all are - my family, my short iron game, reading, Dallas Cowboys football, my kid's swimming lessons, Qdoba burritos, ESPN and God. Really?
No! God is not a priority in life!
God -------------------- is -------------------- life!
With God as our top priority, we can remain ceremonially Christian. We go to church, give some money (slightly less per year on average than we spend on dining out), offer some prayers, host a small group, do an annual service project and attend a Bible seminar.
But without the God priority, we are exposed. If God is life - all of life - then God's priorities must become ours. This means that the time, money and energy spent on other pursuits has to be prioritized alongside caring for the poor, investing in the under-resourced, visiting those in prison, standing with the oppressed, caring for the sick and reaching out to the spiritually lost or confused.
Now, church is no longer a cover allowing me to make my short iron game a top five priority. Now, God's priorities must become mine. This is how I must live. This is the life I must teach to and model for my kids. I have been caught. There is no escape, Praise God! I am free!