There are important things in life and then there are those things that aren’t so important. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference.
I suspect that most of us spend the majority of our time on things that really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things. We fight the brush fires – and there are many of them – which doesn’t leave us time to fight the forest fires.
So how do we determine what’s important and what’s not?
Everyone has their own way to measure the relative importance of a specific event, whether it’s shopping for a new dress (or tool!), spending time at work, watching television, reading your Bible, or praying. We always have a good reason for why we do what we do.
But many of our reasons don’t hold up under intense scrutiny. The truth is that we do what we do because we like to do it. Not because it’s the most important thing we could be doing, or even the most pressing thing we need to do. We just like to spend our time that way.
Is there a guide that will help us determine what’s important and what’s not?
I think there is.
Do you remember the bracelets people wore back in the 1990’s with the initials WWJD on them? What Would Jesus Do? It was a good question to ask, unfortunately I think it became more of a fad than a reality – it was just cool to wear them and we all thought we were spiritual giants. Wearing a bracelet never made anyone a spiritual giant.
Determining what’s important in life is similar to WWJD. Only this time the question is, Is it important to God?
That’s how you can determine what’s important in life and what isn’t.
If it’s important to God it should be important to us.
I read an online article with the title, Whatever’s Important to You Is Important to God. That’s only true in a very restricted sense. Sinful things may be important to you but they’re only important to God as far as He uses them to get your attention and change your behavior.
The title is misleading. Turn it around. Whatever’s Important to God is Important to You.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about the rebelliousness of God’s people, when they refused to listen to the prophets. It just wasn’t important to them. As a result of their dismissal of God’s messages, judgement awaited them.
But the prophet also wrote about another day when God would bring His people back and they would live in peace and in obedience to Him. In that time he said, Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it. (Isaiah 30:21).
In other words God will say to Israel, This is important to Me, do it.
That’s a good message for all of us, not just for Israel. All that God wants is for you to do what is important to Him.
That’s why we’re here. Not for ourselves but for Him.
Stay in the Word