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Priorities

Priorities

In the world of marketing businesses use what is called the four Ps to help grow their bottom line year over year. The first P of the marketing strategy which a business will look at is the type of product they will offer to their customers. The company will also look at the marketplace for that product and what other competitors are offering that product and if consumers are willing to purchase it. The second P of the marketing strategy which businesses have to consider is the price that they will charge for their product or services. If the business is a startup company, the owner of that business has determine what price that he will charge for his merchandise to make sure it is competitive and will it be attractive to perspective buyers.

The third marketing P that a business must consider is promotion which will help a business owner to decide what will be the best way he should promote his product or service. As a business has to look at is it better to promote it online, in a retail store or door to door. The final marketing P that businesses use in their marketing strategy is place which speaks of the location that a company may feel would be the best way that could successfully launch their products or services to the public.

Now just as small, mid and large size companies use the four Ps of marketing to help grow their bottom line, I believe there are four Ps that are vitally important for us as men of God. The first P is Passion which is what we discussed in my last blog post and how we as men have to have a passion for the things of God. We have to have a passion for the word of God, the Presence of God and a passion for the lost. The other two Ps which are potential and purpose will be something we will discuss later in my next upcoming two blog posts. However the second P which I feel that we must tackle now as men which will help us to have our lives in order is our Priorities. To have our priorities in order as men means that we have God first in our lives by seeking His Kingdom. The second way that we can properly have our priorities in order is by seeking God’s Righteousness. Finally the third way we are able to have our priorities in order is realizing that it is the Lord that will add all other things that we need.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

God’s Kingdom

Why do we as men worry about things? Also do we as men all worry about the same things though we are different ages or do we have different concerns depending on the stage of life of our lives? One reason I believe why we as men will worry about somethings is because we do not like the feeling of not being in control. A second reason I believe why we as men can worry about something is because we want to accomplish the things that important to us and not feel like we have failed or come up short. As men we all have different concerns in our lives and what we worry about at what age in our life can be completely different at another age of our life. A young man who is looking to go to college may find himself worrying about if he will receive acceptance from one of five colleges he applied to attend. A man in his early thirties may find himself worrying about if he will be able to be a good husband to his wife as he looks to get married and say so long to his single. A man in his late forties concerns can be completely different from the other two men when he faced with having to not only deal with a death of a parent but also having to deal with the death of his child. As men we believe that God created us to be able to figure things out and to also have the answer for dilemma that come our way. When we don’t have the answers to life tough questions having God in our lives somehow does not become a major priority in our life.

To have our priorities in order as men means that we have to have God first in our lives by seeking His Kingdom. In the Amplified Bible of Matthew 6:33, the word seek is further explained to mean “aim at or to strive after”. To put God first will help us to make the decision to trust God by standing on His word and believing Him in prayer. To seek God’s kingdom also means we are not going to worry about the basic necessities of life like what we going to eat, to drink or what we are going to wear. To have our priorities in order means that though we are working on a job we hate going to, we understand being on that job is a kingdom assignment from the Lord. The house we live in at this moment may not be a place we consider our dream home but because we have a roof over our heads we grateful for the provision that has kept us from being homeless in the streets. In Romans 14:17, the word of God says “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. God’s kingdom is not a physical kingdom that has been built by the hands of men but it is a spiritual one that reigns in the hearts of men.

His Righteousness

When the Lord created man, He created him (male and female) as free moral agents. As a free moral agent, God created man with the ability to choose Him, His Son and His gift of Salvation. However, not only has God giving man the ability to choose but He gave man the choice to reject Him. It is important to understand that when we choose to reject God’s free gift and His personal relationship there are consequences that will impact us now and the rest of eternity. You only have to go back to the beginning of Creation in the Garden of Eden when the Lord placed Man in the garden. The Lord gave Adam specific instructions about the many trees he could eat from and the one tree that he should not eat from which could cause him to die. The tree that could cause him to die was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The word of God tell us that there were other trees that Adam could eat from but God gave specific instructions not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, If Adam chose to disobey the Lord’s commandment to eat from that tree, the consequence of his disobedience would be death (Genesis 2:16-17). Unfortunately, later on in Genesis 3:6, Adam chose to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which his wife gave him and they both of them spiritually died.

To get our priorities in order also means to seek not just God’s Kingdom but also to seek His Righteousness. To seek God’s Righteousness means “His way of doing or being right”. Another way of God’s Righteousness could be understood is to be in right standing with God”. People in this world want to do what feels good to them. People do not want to be told what is right or wrong but only want to hear and do what matters to them. The times in which we live in are just like the days of Israel in the book of Judges when the people did not have a king and they lived their lives not wanting to be accountable to no one. In Judges 21:25 the word of God says “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. However, for us to walk in God’s favor and His presence we have to live our lives submitted to Him as not just Savior but as our Lord. To have our priorities also means that only one person can sit on the throne of hearts and that person is Jesus. If we really believe that God knows what is best for us, then we must trust His way which will prosper us and allow us to live in good health (3 John 2).

 And All These Things

Worrying about what we will eat, what we will drink and what we will wear is something that Jesus told His disciples that worrying is something that we should not do. The New Living Translation said when unbelievers think about these things they are allowing those thoughts to dominate their minds (Matthew 6:32). As believers if we are not careful and if our priorities are not in order by seeking God’s first, we can allow those same thoughts of worry to dominate our thought life. Our mind is the battleground where we have to be willing to cast down every imagination and every thought that would try to exalt itself above what God’s word has told us (2 Corinthians 10:5). That is why every thought that we think regarding what we will eat, drink, or wear does not always originate from us. When those thoughts about our wellbeing try to produce the mindset of worry we have to recognize that the source of those thoughts is from the enemy. The thoughts we should meditate and allow to shape our lives should come from our minds being transformed from us seeking God’s Kingdom and Righteousness.

We must put God first, our families, and all the other things that we need and the Lord will provide them. He knows that we need them and that is why the word of God says in Philippians 4:19, “God said He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. The Lord is calling for us as men just as He did to King Hezekiah to set our matters in order so that our dreams, our relationships, and ministries do not die prematurely (Isaiah 38:1-2). If you and your wife have both been waking up in the morning to the duties of your marriage, the Lord wants you as the husband to love your wife as Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25). As you put God’s Kingdom and Righteousness first, He will restore the fire back into the relationship that you both once had. If you have been going to work trying to earn a living to support yourself, the Lord says today my son put your priorities in order and watch Him show you how to make your finances work for you. In Ecclesiastes 12:13, the word of God says “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”.

 

 

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