"Redefining Priorities - Embracing God's Word for True Fulfillment"

Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.

Scriptural Insight: Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you."
This verse highlights the importance of prioritizing God's kingdom and righteousness, promising that all other needs will be met when these are our primary focus.
In today's fast-paced world, it's common for Christian men to become experts in various secular fields, be it business, sports, or hobbies. However, a concerning observation emerges when we realize that many, even regular churchgoers, possess limited knowledge of the Bible and theology. This trend is not exclusive to men but is particularly notable among them. These implications extend beyond individual understanding, impacting family and community spiritual life.
The root of this issue lies in how time and attention are allocated. Hours are often devoted to leisure activities like sports, automotive interests, and outdoor pursuits. While not inherently harmful, they can become disproportionate focal points, overshadowing spiritual growth. This imbalance is reflected in our conversations and relationships, where topics of eternal significance are seldom broached.
Imagine the transformation if the time spent on these activities were balanced with engaging in Scripture and Christian literature. Men could then discuss theological matters with the same enthusiasm and expertise they reserve for worldly interests. More importantly, this shift in focus would enhance their enjoyment of everyday activities, understanding them as gifts from God.
This perspective change requires intentional effort. It's about altering what we deem essential and dedicating time to cultivate it. Frequent God-centered discussions in church, our homes, and communities can lead to a more profound sense of joy and fulfillment.
The Late Calvin Miller once poignantly stated that many Christians suffer from poor study habits, leading to a lack of spiritual victories and much frustration. In contrast, diligent students of the Word develop dynamic minds and confidently utilize the gifts bestowed upon them by God. The spiritual journey leads to more than just knowledge. It offers a deep reconnection with the joy and happiness found in Christ.
"Let Us Go into The Throne Room of Grace and Mercy."
Heavenly Father, we seek Your wisdom and guidance in reorienting our lives. May we cherish Your Word, delving deep into its truths, and find joy in sharing these insights with those around us. Help us to balance our worldly interests with our spiritual growth, finding true happiness in knowing You more. In all things, we give You glory. To God Be The Glory.

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