by Doug Smith
How can you know if your priorities are correct? Ask yourself two questions. First, what would you do if you had a day with no commitments and could do whatever you desired? Second, if you had $1 billion, how would you spend it?
What we do with our time and money reveals what is most important to us. But God’s Word, worship, and work should be the big rocks we seek to get in our jar first.
Perhaps you need to set an alarm earlier to do this. Maybe you should create a schedule and manage your time better, modifying it as you go along until you find the right balance of discipline and flexibility. A budget can be very helpful in setting and maintaining financial priorities and being sure you are giving to God’s work.
Rebuilding is hard work. It was hard for those working on the temple, and it is hard for us to work on our spiritual lives. Outside us are the world and the devil. Within is our flesh. These enemies conspire to destroy our spiritual lives by having lesser things fill up our jars. Let’s be sure we get the big rocks in first: the Word of God, the worship of God, and the work of God.
This series was adapted from a sermon I preached as a guest speaker at Pilgrim Baptist Church, North Brookfield, Massachusetts, on June 17, 2007. For the complete audio sermon I preached on this text, please click here (.mp3 file: left-click to listen, right-click to download).