Haggai is a short book (2 chapters) of the Bible that we don’t often reference, so it may surprise you to see a lesson there on priorities.
The prophet Haggai was used by God to speak to His people recently returned from exile in Babylon. They had come back to a ruined country. Houses, walls — everything needed to be rebuilt. There was a lot to do.
Right away, the first message in Haggai 1 speaks to the choices the Israelites made as they worked to rebuild everything. They had been busy making their homes beautiful and ignoring the temple until a better time. As a result, God urged them, “Consider your ways.”
“…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
A Good Time
Everyone was waiting for a better time. How often do we think now is “just not a good time” for what we know is good and right? We know we should, but…someday.
While we need to be wise about seasons, we also need to be careful not to use that excuse over and over. If we do, we may be ignoring our priorities and walking in disobedience. We say something is important, but it’s not showing in our actions. How often is it never a good time?
Take time to think about what is truly important and what is important for you in your life. The thinking time is an investment in the kingdom of God. It is worth it!
There are many good things, many good works, many possibilities for where we work and invest time or effort. But they must be ranked. If we don’t put first things first — make a choice day after day — we will not be doing what is best. It doesn’t just happen; we have to make it happen.