1. Our life is not lived to the fullest as long as we are putting last things first.
a. Last things consist of letting life act on us instead of us acting on life.
Many people are held hostage by the attitude, “just take it as it comes.”
b. Last things consist of choosing our wants over our responsibilities.
Many people are held hostage by an inability to set priorities, allowing the unimportant to trump the important.
c. Last things are self centered.
Many people are held hostage by selfish ambition.
2. Our life is not lived to the fullest as long as we are putting first things last.
Note: If we put first things last, then last things will automatically move to the front of the line. When we do not choose to make priorities, to put first things in their proper place and last things in their proper place, or just to put areas of life in the place they belong, then urgency takes over and our lives become consistantly reactionary.
a. First things consist of those things that first and foremost have eternal consequence.
our Relationship with God, His purpose for our lives, and our place in His church.
b. First things consist of those things that we have stewardship over.
Our lives, our family, our gifts, our calling
c. First things consist of those things which may not always seem immediate, but if neglected in the long run will be negatively effected if not put in first place.
Our relationships, our finances, our career.
3. Our life IS lived to the fullest only when we learn to put first things first.
Remember we are not making a priority list here we are centering our life on Jesus.
Our relationship with God is central to our lives and affects every area of our lives. If we keep Him first all other areas will naturally fall in line.
Matthew 6:33 (contemporary English version) 33But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
Mark 12:29-31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”