Prioritizing Your Priorities

August 22, 2021

 

Prioritizing Your Priorities

 

Surprised to see an empty seat at the Super Bowl stadium, a diehard fan remarked about it to a woman sitting nearby. “It was my husband’s,” the woman explained, “But he died.” “I’m very sorry,” said the man. “Yet I’m really surprised that another relative, or friend, didn’t jump at the chance to take the seat reserved for him.”“Beats me,” she said. “They all insisted on going to the funeral.”

 

Genesis 26:24-33 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. 25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well. 26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army. 27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? 28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord. 30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. 31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water. 33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

 

ISAAC SON OF ABRAHAM WENT UP TO BEERSHEEBA AND I WANT YOU TO NOTICE HIS PRIORITIES.

 

1. ISAAC BUILT AN ALTAR THERE AND CALLED UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

Isaac’s first priority wherever he went was to locate a good Bible believing Pentecostal church and worship with the other believers.

 

2. ISAAC PITCHED HIS TENT

Isaac’s second priority was to his family. While God was most important in Isaac’s life, His family, His wife and then children was his main earthly concern. That priority included…taking care of his wives needs, disciplining and leading the children in the faith, and working.

 

3. THERE HIS SERVANTS DUG A WELL

Isaac’s third priority was toward mankind. In the desert a well was life. Life not only for his family and animals, but for anyone who traveled near by .His third priority was to refresh all those who came into his venue with life giving water.

 

A FIRST PRIORITY WHICH DOES NOT CHANGE IS PRAYER.

Point #1 - Isaac built an altar and called upon the name of the Lord. (Gen 26:25)

In Issac’s day they had no church. The patriarch would go to a place, and there on the plane, he would make an accessible altar. This would be the place where he would sacrifice to Jehovah, and the place would be consecrated for worship and prayer.

The modern day application of this priority is church. Why do I say CHURCH? This first priority presupposes the knowledge of and faith in God. Don’t get me wrong.........God wants to be number 1 in your life?

 

Jesus says that………… Luke 12:29-31 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

But being in church was the way Isaac displayed his faith in God. I think sometimes when we say God is most important we do not realize what that means. If he really is most important……

In Matthew 19:29 Jesus says…And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

1 Timothy 6:10 talks about the number one thing that desires to stand in the way of us putting God first. It says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Money of course is not the only thing that we put before God. Putting God first means we will do everything within our power to display our faith in Christ like Isaac did. And that means being in church.

 

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH MRS CRAIG?

At age 81 she has never missed a Sunday in 21 years. What is the matter with Mrs. Craig? Don’t you ever have company on Sunday to keep you from church? Don’t you ever go anywhere on Saturday night and get too tired to wake up for church? Don’t you ever have headaches, nervous spells or other troubles to keep you home? Don’t you ever take a trip to the lake or to the mountains over the weekend? Don’t you ever sleep late on Sunday morning? Don’t you ever get your feelings hurt by someone at church? What is the matter with Mrs. Craig? Is there anything wrong with her, it would be nice if the same thing were wrong with all of us. It would be nice if all of us had our priorities straight.

Like Isaac who when he came into a place the first thing he did was he honored God. We too should make it our priority to honor God by being in church. The bible tells us in Hebrews that we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. By reasoning away the importance of displaying our faith in Him by being in church.

 

A SECOND PRIORITY WHICH DOES NOT CHANGE IS FAMILY.

Point #2 - Genesis 26 says Isaac pitched his tent.

While God was most important in Isaac’s life, His family, His wife and his children were his main earthly concern. This priority is revealed in the new testament also in Ephesians 5:21, “submit to one another, wives submit to their own husbands, husbands love their wives,” and 6:1, “Children obey your parents.

You cannot go wrong investing plenty of time in your family relationship.

Men....Your relationship with your wife is the most important earthly relationship you will ever have. You can make the best of it and watch it grow, or you can neglect it and watch your world fall apart around you. MEN...Your wives and families are your priorities.

Women...The Bible says Proverbs 21:19, It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord

 

THE FINAL PRIORITY HAS TO DO WITH OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE WORLD.

Point #3 - Genesis 26:25 says "There his servants Dug a well”

Isaac’s third priority was toward mankind. In the desert a well was life. Life not only for his family and animals, but for anyone who traveled near by. His third priority was to refresh all those who came into his venue with life giving water. Jesus commands that we make evangelism a priority in our lives. That we give the gospel of life to all men.

The Bible says in Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

God has given You the message of reconciliation. He has given you to drink and now you have an opportunity to share with others THIS MESSAGE. That Jesus invites all men when he says "If any man is thirsty let him come to me and drink (John 7:37).”

 

ILLUSTRATION

The Amazon river has the largest flow of fresh water of any river on earth.

Its mouth is over 70 miles wide, and its currents of fresh water can be felt for miles and miles out in the ocean.

In days gone by tall ships would sail around South America.

And at times the winds would die completely setting the ships adrift with no power.

The men on board those ships would die for lack of fresh water.

As it would happen some ships with more experienced sailors and captains would see a ship like this floundering in the water and come near and call to them "WHAT IS THE MATTER”

They would reply we are dying of thirst, can you spare us some fresh water

The call would come back just lower your buckets over the side of the boat your in the mouth of the mighty amazon river

They were in fresh water all along, and were dying of thirst.

There are people around us today who are dying of thirst.

It is because they do not know that there are life giving waters available to them

We need to make the evangelization of our world a priority.

 

CONCLUSION

1) Isaac built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord

2) Isaac pitched his tent.

3) There His servants Dug a well

 

Some priorities change, but these priorities remain the same. What do your priorities look like?