What Is Most important?

Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –


How do we determine our highest priorities in life? Jesus told us a rather sobering and direct story to help us with this question. There is a wealthy man whose business was very successful. He asked himself, “What should I do, for I don’t have enough space to store my goods?” In other words, God is blessing him with a business that made him a lot of money – so much he doesn’t know what to do with all of it. Then he says, “Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my storage units and I’ll build larger ones. Then I’ll say to myself, ‘I have so many good things stored up for me. Now rest, eat, drink and be merry.’” But God said to him, ‘You fool. This night your life will be demanded of you and then to whom will all your things belong?’ This is the way it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.

That illustration is a sobering one to hear. Jesus is challenging us to order our lives around what matters to God, what God believes is most important. In another passage, Jesus tells us that love is what truly matters to God. We can be very educated, we can speak well, we can believe great truths, we can even be generous…but we are reminded that unless we have love as our motivation, none of these things matter at all to God.

From the very beginning of the Bible, we discover that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. We are called to be messengers of love, truth and encouragement to others, both in our family and those outside of our family. Our greatest calling is to inspire and love others to realize their God-given potential. When we love someone with the love that God has first given us, that person will most likely be inspired to love someone too.

Make it your summer goal first, to count your blessings and then to love, encourage and inspire those around you. This is what matters to God. As you do, the most amazing thing will happen. You will be blessed and encouraged, too.

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