Follower of Jesus – My mission, my calling, my identity…all rolled into three little words.
But in the raw practicality of daily life…what does that mean?
I know I am called to be a follower of Christ…to read His Word, to love Him, and to seek His presence daily.
I know I am called to be a wife…to love, cherish, and serve my Husband.
I know I am called to be a part of the body of Christ…to disciple and be discipled, to spend time and give time, to serve and be served, and in it all to love.
I know I am called to keep my home well…to make pizza and clean toilets and keep a budget and fold laundry and vacuum dirty floors.
I know I am called to serve children each week in our church…to pray for them, love them, teach them, and play with them.
I know I am called to be good steward….to steward my body and my time well, to steward our finances and our resources well.
I know I am called to write…to write our story, to share God’s Word changing me, and to uplift and encourage through this little space.
But what are the priorities?
What comes first?
When do I set aside one thing in exchange for another?
I don’t know…do you?
Because honestly, I can only keep one or two of those balls in the air at a time. I feel like more often than not, my house looks like this.
I so often feel like…
If I get my devotions done, I don’t have time to house clean.
If I get the cleaning done, I don’t have time to blog
If I get the blogging done, I don’t spend enough time with my husband.
If I get my exercising in, the meal planning and grocery shopping gets pushed to the last minute.
But two weekends ago, we had our first annual Redemption Church Conference. The speaker said something that stopped me in my tracks.
“God first, family second, and job third is not a biblical concept. Seek God first and all these things will be added to you. I don’t need to seek anything other than God. He isn’t the top of the priority list…He is the list!”
So how does this translate to scrubbing the bathtub and writing blog posts and picking up dirty clothes off the floor and cooking nutritious meals?
I don’t know…
And maybe that’s the point.
Maybe I don’t know so that I will seek God early and often for wisdom in how to get all these things done in a way that is glorifying to Him…in a way that puts Him first.
Maybe if I knew how it worked, I wouldn’t feel the need to be in constant connection with Him for wisdom and guidance.
Maybe if I knew, I would start working in my own strength and for my own glory.
So I guess I’ll keep seeking Him first and constant and always. Because that’s what He said to do…right?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33