As a pastor I often find myself occupied with issues that are good but that are not the primary thing – How we can grow our church?; What should I preach on next (actually I plan my preaching schedules 6-12 months in advance so next does not mean next Sunday, or even next week)?; Where can we get someone to teach a Sunday School class?; Where can I find a guest speaker for when I’m on vacation?; and the list literally goes on and on and on and on.
Your list probably looks different from my list but you have one and it goes on and on and on.
Most of the things on our lists are good and necessary and they need to be addressed. But they are not the primary thing. The problem is that they tend to dominate our time, occupy our attention and suck the life out of the primary thing.
So what is the primary thing?
As I was thinking about all of this the thought came to me that what we need most and what we need to make primary in our lives is to Be Jesus People.
It’s not an original thought (I haven’t had one of those in a long time – if ever!). In fact I think that this is the message of the Bible especially in the writings of the Apostle Paul. He didn’t say it in those words, but he said it often:
Walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called (Eph 4:1).
Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27).
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him (Col 1:10).
Walk worthy of God (1 Thess 2:12).
Adorn the doctrine of God (Titus 2:10).
What Paul is saying is Be Jesus People!
Be People who reflect Jesus. People who teach Jesus. People who walk with Jesus. People who walk LIKE Jesus. People who honor Jesus with your life.
Make Jesus central. Make Jesus the focus. Make Jesus important in your life. Make much about Jesus.
Make Jesus the primary thing in your life.
All of those other things on your list have to get done. Just make sure that they get done in the context of making Jesus the primary thing.
Do them in the context of Being Jesus People.
Stay in the Word