Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Ti 2:20–21).
Lesson 7: "Make God Your Priority"
By Charles B. Knight
The Lord doesn’t want to be a part of your life, He wants to be your life—your everything! The Lord doesn’t want to be an afterthought, He wants to be the foundation for your thinking.
The fact is, our spiritual lives will never fully come together until God Himself is allowed to become the very centerpiece of our lives. A child’s favorite toy will not fully function without batteries. Even with all of its modern, state of the art technological advances, a car will not function unless it has gas in its tank (or is charged). The human body is perhaps the greatest machine ever built—but without a little pump known as “the heart.” it cannot function. A Christian cannot spiritually function properly without making God--the object of his faith, the ultimate priority of life (Luke 16:13; Heb 12:1-3).
The Christian died with Christ to his old self with its old priorities. He’s put on the new self and endeavors to put God first: educationally, intellectually, emotionally and practically. The Christian’s life isn't driven by worldly passions or pursuits, but by heavenly wisdom and promises (Gal 5:24; Col 3:1-5).
By increasing his desire for God and knowledge of His Word, the Christian has learned to put life on earth into its proper context (Ecclesiastes 9:1-10; 1 John 2:15-17). Since the things of this life are all temporary… The Christian seeks to place his desires in an everlasting hope, therefore, he walks by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:7). He sets the things of God as priority in the few and fleeting years of his physical experience. He seeks rather to store up greater treasures and rewards which will endure forever (Matthew 6: 19-20; 1 Peter 1:3-5). There is an honor, glory, joy and peace which far surpasses anything one could ever imagine or experience—reserved for those who endure the challenges of this present life, by putting God first (Romans 2:6-10).
Hindrances To Making God A Priority
What caused these once faithful individuals from allowing God to be their priority?
1) 1 Kings 8-11.
2) 2 Chronicles 14-16.
3) 2 Chronicles 26:1-23.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:4)
Why Did These Individuals Make God Their Priority?
1) Noah (Hebrews 11:7)
2) Abraham (Hebrews 11:8-11)
3) Moses (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Do you want God to become a priority in your life? If so, why?
Make God Your Priority...
1) Educationally. Why is knowledge of godliness more of a priority than secular knowledge? (1 Timothy 4:7-10).
2) Intellectually. What are some benefits of training ourselves to stay spiritually minded in a world driven by carnal thinking? (2 Peter 3:13-14).
3) Emotionally. Why should we be careful about what we become emotionally attached to? (Mat 6:21; Lk 9:59-62; 17:32).
Lesson 7 Questions
Why should God be our first priority in life?
1) Genesis 2:7; Acts 17:28.
2) Acts 17:26-27.
3) Matthew 4:1-4; Romans 14:7-8.
4) Psalm 33:15-22.
5) Psalm 103
6) Mark 8:34-38.
Choose one or more of the following Challenges below. Share the results your challenge with others, and encourage them to challenge themselves.
1) Give God priority in your prayer life by praying in this order:
2) Exchange some television time to begin a daily diary devoted to glorifying God.
3) Give more to God this Sunday in the collection.
4) Ask God to use you, then be ready to act.