Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What Are Your Kingdom Priorities ?
Talking about priorities, especially Kingdom priorities, it is very challenging for many people when you have everything you needed. In this modern world, most of us have more than what we need. Of course in many other parts of the world they do not e.g many places in third world countries. Recently popular Christian writer Philip Yancey wrote that it is very hard to be a Christian in the US when you have all you needed. In a way, most Malaysians have most of their needs met. In fact, Malaysians are over eating and diabetes is on the rise.
God says "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt. 6:33)
Read this article from Chrisma magazine :
When your priorities are out of order your life is filled with confusion.
My first word of counsel to every leader is drawn from biblical wisdom—"seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt. 6:33). When a person's priorities are out of order, his life will be filled with confusion and God's given purpose will not be fulfilled.
Confirm your status as a citizen of the kingdom of God by acknowledging His authority over your time, talents, opportunities and treasures. When seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness is top priority, you will be able to experience faithfulness as a steward of God's blessings.
Second, "trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6). It is essential for servant leaders in the kingdom to maintain an ongoing, intimate relationship of trust and obedience to God. Challenging situations tempt us to lean upon our own understanding. Always remember that God has promised to be with us at all times and that He delights in our acknowledging and trusting in Him. The kingdom is His kingdom, and we belong to Him; we are God's responsibility.
God's call to ministry is a call to preparation. It is not a call to success, but a call to faithfulness.
Bishop George McKinney is pastor of St. Stephen's Cathedral Church of God in Christ in San Diego and a member of the denomination's 12-member General Board.