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I was asked to give a devotional on Jan. 31, 2016 and while I can’t recollect all that was said, I will write the article version of it.
How do you know what is important to you?
If you look at someone’s photos at either their house or on their phone or tablet, you will likely see pictures of what is important to them. Grandparents will more than likely have pictures of the grandkids. Car enthusiast will have pictures of their favorite cars hanging up. Sports fans will have talk only for their favorite sports team that is playing at the time. You get the idea.
If I were to walk around your home, what would I see? Could I figure out what is important to you? Probably.
Is TV important? If you have an oversized one that is taking over your living room that you spend hours staring at, I would probably guess that watching your favorite shows is important.
Fitness? For some, this is not a word that is used often. But for others, it is their life. It is what consumes their mind 24/7. Is this wrong? Not necessarily. Fitness can be something that one enjoys safely. You will be able to tell if someone is interested in fitness and staying healthy just by looking at them. They are going to be lean and trim. Possibly have some muscle mass depending on what category of fitness they are into. Someone that is a long distance runner is not going to build up massive muscle mass.
What about the arts? If someone is into art you will be able to tell. They will be into painting, drawing, sculpting, or whatever the medium is they prefer and they will carry it around with them if possible. There was a young man in our church that carried around a pad of paper and was always working on portraits and characters. He was getting good too.
We had gathered for our 5th Sunday Singing; I was hearing parts sung to songs that I hadn’t heard before. It was refreshing to hear other voices added to the mix. Around 80+ had gathered from 3 different towns and it was nice to hear the song leaders putting their twist on some of the songs.
So I ask again, what is important to you?
Something I learned a long time ago and pinned it to the forefront of my mind is this: If something is important to you, you will make time for it.
How can you find out what is most important to you?
If you are completely clueless, here is a method that will help you discover what is most important to you. Remember that you will spend time on what is important to you.
For one week, write down everything that you spend time doing for the entire day.
- 8-5 went to work
- 5-5:30 drove home
- 5:30 -6:20 supper with family
- 6:20-7:00 spend time with kids
- 7-9 put kids to bed
- 9-11 watched TV
- 11-7 slept
Do something like this for an entire week and then add up the times spent doing various things. What is most important to you will be what you spend time on.
Which leads me to the next set of questions:
Do you pray?
Some of us don’t pray at all or often enough.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch and praying that you may not enter temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. NASB
It says that Jesus fell on his face and prayed. Here is an appropriate posture for praying. I’ve always said that if Jesus does it, then we can do it because all that he did, God had shown him already.
Do you study the Bible?
If you don’t then I highly encourage you to. Each time I study, there is a little light above my head that isn’t on and God says to me, “Let me get that for you.” ‘CLICK’ The Ah-Hah moment arrives.
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. NASB
This was important enough to me that I have underlined the passage above in my Bible.
Your heart is a very important thing; it keeps you alive in more ways than one. I referenced the passage in Matthew 15:1-2, 10-11 that speaks about when the Pharisees confront Jesus about his disciples not washing before the meal. He then goes on to explain that it isn’t what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of his heart.
In another study I’m doing, there is mention of a ‘tablet of the heart’ in Proverbs. I believe that Jesus is speaking about this here. It isn’t what the world throws at us or what we put into our bodies that makes our heart blackened; but what we write on our heart.
What comes out of your mouth is what is on your heart. So if what we are saying and doing is a direct reflection of what is on our hearts, then you can recognize a tree by its fruit.
Do you fast? Matthew 6:16-18 explains what someone will look like if they are fasting properly.
Do you make a difference?
The lyrics to the song ‘If today was your last day’ by Nickleback nails this question. If today was your last day on earth, would you have made a difference in the world?
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
As we go through life, if we are growing as Christians, we will start out as a candle and end up as a bonfire. While we take the steps necessary to grow closer to God, we should be talking to people about Christ and evangelizing starting little fires along the way so that they too can shine for Christ.
So, if Christ is important to you; I challenge you to become a lighthouse for those lost at sea.
The role of the lighthouse is to warn people of the danger they are close to. When someone is struggling in the storms of life, they are looking to others for help. They are lost in the darkness, being tossed to and fro in the storms, be the light that shines out to them.
You could just be the one person that saves them from destruction if you will shine for Christ.
If you are not shining for Christ, why not? What is holding you back from shining for Him? Why are you allowing this world to hold you back.
Shine for Christ!
Do every thing in your power to SHINE!