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Making Unity a Priority

priorities word written by 3d man over white

What are the priorities in your life? Do they line up with our role model’s?

You know, Jesus Christ.

He gave us a clear idea of what his priorities were while living on Earth. Even though a couple of millennia have passed, his example can still guide us.

In fact it should.

Unity with Whom

Jesus didn’t get along with every person he met. Does this surprise you?

Some people didn’t like him. And not because his personality clashed with theirs. Nope. People don’t clash with the meek guy.

Their ideals clashed.

We tend to think only about the leaders despising Jesus. That’s not the case. There must have been plenty of common people who doubted him. Otherwise, a mob of people wouldn’t have called for his crucifixion.

The person we need to be in unity with is Jesus. Just as Jesus has always been in unity with His Father and the Holy Ghost.

Take a peek at last week’s checklist if you’re unsure where you stand with Jesus.

Christ’s Priorities

God first

We see Jesus rising early to pray to his Father (Mark 1:35). Or staying up late after a long day of ministering to commune with God (Mark 6:46-47).

Jesus knew the source of his power. Without a right relationship (and strong fellowship) with God, everything else in life suffers.

Family

Some people might argue that Jesus made his earthly family a priority. After all, he left them to travel all over Galilee, Judea and Samaria. He even refused to see them at least once while he was busy teaching and healing.

The fact is, Jesus lived for 34 years in his human body. Until he was thirty, he lived with his family.

The Bible doesn’t say this, does it? “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them” (Luke 2:51).

Hebrew culture had families living together until the daughters married or the sons moved on to a trade independent of their father’s.

Jesus was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55). Until he was thirty years old and walked to the Jordan River to be baptized by John, he lived in Nazareth and worked in his father’s carpenter shop.

In fact, he was likely the patriarch of the family. Once Joseph died, he would have left the business and responsibility of caring for the women (Mary and her daughters) to Jesus.

Jesus took this seriously. On the cross, he did the traditional thing – in death passed his responsibility to another. He asked John bar Zebedee to care for his mother, Mary (John 19:26, 27).

God values family and never intends family to take a back seat to the other priorities on this list. Only fellowship with God takes preeminence.

Work (calling)

Jesus ministered tirelessly. Once he was sanctified for service at baptism, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1).

When he returned, he began his ministry, preaching “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) and calling out disciples (Matthew 4:18-19; John 1:37).

His ministry included healing sick, feeding the hungry, teaching about the kingdom and sometimes even raising the dead.

Whatever work God has called you to, completing it with passion and consistency is important.

Spending time with the lost

Some might claim that Jesus’ work included spending time with the lost. I would agree.

Most of us spend time with the lost at work, or maybe even family events. We might have friends who don’t know Christ as savior.

Do we spend time with the lost for the same reason Jesus did? He wanted to show them the way of life. Is that our objective when we’re with people who don’t know the Lord?

If we have our priorities in line with Jesus’ example, we will have unity in our life. With everyone? No, not even Jesus could say that.

Having unity with God and the family of God should be our concern.  In fact, it’s God’s will for us, and thus makes it a top priority.

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Freelance writer and editor whose background in education and BA in English Language & Literature amps her love of all things books. Twenty years of parenting and 26 of marriage gives unique insight to her preferred audiences of women, young adults, and teenagers.

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