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Priorities That Win

No one can achieve greatness on their own.  Greatness is not self-designated.  It is recognition of being great by another entity.  Whether it is by one person or the masses, greatness is a viewpoint not a title.  A father who loves his child makes the father great in his child’s viewpoint.  A woman who helps the poor is considered great to a multitude of people.  A man who consistently puts others before himself is considered great in God’s kingdom.  How are all these things connected, you ask?  Greatness comes from placing priority on others instead of yourself.  That is what we are calling priorities that win.

Prioritize Others

I work in a professional setting and I asked the director of our area what I need to do to succeed in my workplace.  He is a man I look up to and that is regarded very highly in our company.  He told me that I should focus on helping others succeed.  Wait a minute?!  Shouldn’t I be proving that I know more than others do, can handle whatever is given to me and am the most dependable?   He obviously does not take the “throw the others under the bus” approach.  For me to succeed in his mind, I had to put others first.  That is the way he is succeeding and earning people’s trust, and that is in a place of business.

How much more should we take it serious when Jesus tells us that the first will be last and the last will be first?  When I have engagements coming up that I am not looking forward to but that are meaningful to others then I try to remember that statement made by Jesus.  If I am all about what God is about then I must put my priority on others.  I should take every chance I have to show Christ’s love instead of doing something pleasing to me.

It is easy to become protective of your free time as if it is really yours.  If you believe in God and what the Bible says, then the idea that this life is nothing more than a vapor should occupy your mind and become a filter on any choice you make.  We are here to worship God and to be on a quest to not let anyone we know suffer through eternal separation from him.

Do you really understand why we want to bring people into God’s kingdom?  Many people see hell as a place of suffering and they wouldn’t want anyone they know to experience that.  We may even try to imagine how bad it could really be.  The problem is it is not the suffering in hell that makes it so bad, but the separation from God.  To physically suffer and still be with God would be better than to not suffer but be separated from God.  Unless we truly believe that, our efforts to add to his kingdom are missing perspective.

Do you want priorities that win?  Then it comes back to God’s greatest commandment.  Love God and love others.  To do that, we must make God a priority and we must make others a priority.  What that means for our vapor of a life here on earth is leading people to worship God for his sake and leading people to know God for their sake.  Keep these reasons in mind in everything you do and you will have one winner of a life on this earth serving God and others.  Don’t just save someone from hell, turn them into a worshiper of your creator!  For yourself, don’t waste your time on earth chasing after things that don’t matter.

It’s difficult to picture what you would have changed about your life when you know it is almost over.  It is even more difficult to place a priority on those things now if you can imagine them.  It is not something you can just do.  You need God’s help to change your priorities because you need to overcome your fallen side.  Only by God’s provision will you be strong enough to start making decisions out of a new priority placed on God and others.  You need to pray!

The Romans Road

What do you mean there’s a simple path to salvation?

The Romans Road is one of many different tools to use to help understand how someone experiences salvation.  This article will give you a simple overview of the Romans Road.  If you are reading this and do not even believe that you need to be saved then you’re at the perfect place.  The Romans Road does not just give instruction on what you need to do to be accepted into Heaven, it also tells why you must make yourself right as well as the sacrifice that was necessary so that you can become right in the sight of God.

First off, the Romans Road Must be Seen as it is Intended

If you think the purpose of following the Romans Road is to get to Heaven, than you are wrong.  As a Christ follower, the goal is not to get into Heaven.  Sadly enough this is how many Christians are trying to live.  They make all the “sacrifices” necessary in life to get into Heaven.  That is not what God wants though; he isn’t looking for people who can make it into Heaven.  He’s looking for those who desire relationship with Him.  He’s looking for people that choose to accept Jesus as the only way they can become forgiven for their sins.  Sin is not disqualification for Heaven.  Sins are actions that separate you from God.  As one can see in the Romans Road, sin causes us to fall short of what God intended.  So when we ask  for forgiveness, it’s not that it keeps us from sinning but it restores our relationship with God.

Heaven is a place for the people that are united with God by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus as atonement for their sins.  Heaven is where God exists and where relationship someday will honor him without the destructive nature sin offers.  Until then, God gave a way to become united with him again through the restorative process of forgiveness.

The Romans Road

Romans 3:23

All have sinned.  No one is worthy of relationship with God because we are naturally sinners.

Romans 6:23

We deserve death for our sin, but we receive eternal life as a gift from God.

Romans 5:8

God loves us so much that even while we continue separating ourselves from Him through sin, he sent his son Jesus to become the sacrifice for us.

Romans 10:9

If you declare Jesus as Lord and believe that he was raised from the dead than you will be saved.

Romans 10:13

Everyone who calls on Jesus’ name will be spared

Romans 5:1

Since we are made right through faith, we have peace with God because of Jesus.