As detailed as God was in creating the earth we now live in and enjoy, but not just the earth, but the heavens also, we can’t help but appreciate the priority of Christ in scripture. As pronounced as his equality, and clear as his distinction, there is a supreme order to everything that He does. Like the numbers 1, 2, 3, while all of them are equally numbers, they are distinct in order and value, but when counting 1 is always going to be first. This doesn’t diminish the second number, just means first things first. While every piece we put in place holds true it doesn’t negate the fact that there is a priority amongst equals. The Heaven’s and the Earth didn’t just come into existence by some cosmic mysterious bang, but rather by the will of the Father who willed the very beginning and whose Spirit moved over the face of the deep, spoke the words “Let there be…” A divine order of priority was set in motion at that very moment and that order is never disrupted, and because of that unity exist, equality exist, distinct functions of the Godhead exist, and understanding the priority makes it possible.
Consider the following analogy, boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy ignores the priority of marriage. Boy engages in sex, girl gets pregnant. Boy discovers characteristics about the girl he no longer deem desirable. Girl discovers flaws that made her once prince charming appear to be a toad. Boy moves on, girl left unwed with a child to support alone. This is a reoccurring story we see too often that plays itself out over and over again in the lives of families all across America. A unity bonding two together, almost making them inseparable, equal in their love and respect for one another and appreciated for their distinctive role in the relationship, neglect order and because they didn’t prioritize commitment before intimacy not just two but three lives are devastated as a result. Appreciating priority in your life will cause you not to put something that is to be done at a certain time out of the order it belongs in.
Imagine what would have happened if God created mankind before he created food for man to eat? Before he created even an earth for his feet to rest? As important as mankind is in the creation of God, mankind couldn’t be the priority in the order in which God placed things. Thus He made sure everything was done decently and in order so that Adam and Eve would have everything they needed that they themselves couldn’t provide to accomplish their mission. The disruption of that order is the cause of the fall of mankind. As long as Adam kept the instructions of the Almighty everything would have been kept in proper balance. However, at the point that he made the decision to prioritize the desires of his wife above the instructions of His Creator, he sealed the fate of humanity.
Negating the priority of the Almighty put’s lives in jeopardy. If humanity would have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying then husbands and wives could celebrate being on the same page. Fathers and Mothers could enjoy more freely the experience of shaping young minds to the glory of Christ. The spouse or parent who hears from God and obeys becomes the persecuted, or cause of division to the spouse or parent who doesn’t hear. Understanding priority helps keep everything in balance because then we are moving in harmony with the Lord, like an orchestra on key. No one likes the sound of musical instruments out of key.
How can we know if we are properly prioritizing our lives? Let’s consider David, before He would go to war he would ask YHVH if it was okay.
Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
When what is written doesn’t clearly provide instructions on how to proceed in a given situation, then what? Consider Moses
Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,…
Here we see there can exist circumstances where what is written doesn’t provide direction for a situation. This example is in scripture to remind us that the approach we need to have is to bring our cause before YHVH, and YHVH will speak. Priority in God dictates that when we don’t know what move we should make that we are to inquire of the Lord for direction. Failure to do that can cause us to do a good thing at the wrong time, making it the wrong thing.
Priority in Messiah suggests that if we find ourselves lost or at a stopping point that we remember the order established in the beginning. Before God speaks, and before he moved over anything he established time. This means we must make sure we have adequately prepared our ground before we make our move to act, or our mouths to speak. To do either of them without thinking and planning first can lead to devastation. Scripture teaches us that God had a plan for the ‘if’s’ that could occur. When? Not when they occurred, but before they occurred.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
God already having foreknowledge of everything that will happen and confirming that with us by the prophetic nature of His word let’s us know that God works his plan, do we? Do we have a plan for when things don’t go the way we want them to? Do we have the go ahead from the Almighty to proceed with the things that are in our heart?
Let us remember David had a heart to build a place for the Lord, but having the heart to do something wasn’t enough for him to proceed with his plans. There was a reason God delayed him. This is why it is important to know that just because we have something in our hearts to do for the Lord, doesn’t mean He always gives us authorization to do it. We mustn’t ever forget to seek the Lord for his approval before we proceed. We can also learn from this encounter that the Lord will not allow us to do something that is against his will without giving us fair warning. (2 Sam. 7)
Understanding the priority of God provides for us to have confidence and success in whatever it is we do. It may not mean you will receive worldly success, but you will have the confidence of knowing that you are walking with the Lord even if you must walk with Him alone.
- How often are you inquiring of the Lord before you make major decisions in your life?
- How well are you communicating the priorities of your household to your children? Realizing that the first understanding that a child has of a heavenly Father is provided within the home, it is very important that the priorities that the head of the household sets in the house is honored.
- As a parent does your children see your dependency on Christ as the one who sets the priority in your life? As we imitate Christ we provide the example by which those within our home can follow. If we are not showing by His example we are opening a door for the enemy to cause division and strife.
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