What is most important to you?

Most of the time we aren’t honest with ourselves as we answer this question. We want Christ to be in first place in our hearts, but is He? After all, He is preeminent in all things. Paul proclaims the truth of Christ’s supreme position in Colossians 1:17-18: “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”

How is it that He possesses all power over every molecule in this universe and beyond, and yet we dethrone Him so easily in our hearts with temporary treasures? Here is a checklist of questions that can help us evaluate their priorities:

Do I awaken in the morning speaking His name?
Do I run to Him first throughout the day?
When news hits, whom do I tell first?
Do I instantly offer Him thanks and praise when receiving good news?
Can I do this even when the news is sorrowful?
Am I found daily in His Word, the study of it, the meditation of it, the memorization of it?
Do I have fears?
Do I worry?
Do I battle anxiety?
Do I overly value things that He’d consider unedifying for my life?
Do I fail with my mouth? My thoughts? My actions?
Do I drift off to sleep at night trusting His will is being done in my life? Do I rest in this?

When my Lillie was five or six years old, she proclaimed she loves mommy and daddy and her sister right here (holding her hands to her shoulder), but loves the Lord way up here (raising her hands as high as possible). I knew, of course, she still had much to learn about what loving the Lord really means, but what a precious childlike view. She at least got how it should be!

It is truly amazing in light of all that Jesus is that He desires to have first place in our lives. May we be willing to examine our priorities and determine what has our utmost affections.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

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