2018-07-27 / Chaplain's News

Put first things first: God’s master plan for humanity

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
Chaplain(Capt.)PatrickG.Kihiu
551st Signal Battalion, 15th Signal Brigade

Priorities are easier said than done. It is also true that when everything becomes a priority, nothing is a priority. Life gets busy and eventually it is hard to keep up with the important things in life. The key to getting back on track is, first, to recognize and become aware when we are out-of-step or our life is out of balance. And then, secondly, become proactive in adjusting course and continue to do those things that are vital for our growth. Our relationship with God is one of those “unnegotiables” in life.

On one occasion, Jesus Christ was confronted by the religious leaders pertaining to this question of priorities within his Jewish tradition. “An expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ To this Jesus responded by stating: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

The Children of Israel, as well as Jesus Christ and his early disciples, recognized the value of placing their relationship with God above all else. No wonder the first of the “Ten Commandments” states: “You shall have no other gods before me,” re-emphasizing that God should always take first place in the lives of his people. (Exodus 20:3) All other commands fall apart when God does not take pre-eminence in our lives, since he alone is our sustenance and strength.

There are many benefits of giving God the rightful place in our lives. Jesus Christ again assures us of this fact in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first [the kingdom of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. These blessings in prioritizing God in our lives are not only spiritual in nature but also physical, mental, and emotional. God’s blessings cover every aspect and dimension in our lives. Even in challenging times we can discover God’s sustaining grace and strength.

Prioritizing our lives is not just a one-time exercise. It has to be a daily, intentional, practice for it to become most effective and transforming. And, by the way, in case you are feeling guilty after reading this article, none of us are perfect in this regard. We all side-track or stumble along the journey of life. The difference is that, no matter how many times we falter, we still get up by God’s grace and take another step in the right direction.

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