Bible Verse of the Day

Matthew 1:20-21
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ?Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.?”

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AYP January 2016

A new year is a fresh start. And a fresh start is a great time to reset priorities. Here are seven areas of importance that you could consider and work into your routines in this coming year:

1. The Priority of Prayer

Above the execution of any goal, completion of any project, or implementation of any process is the necessity of prayer. We should give prayer our first priority and best effort. As the saying goes, “When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works. “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”—Luke 18:1

2. The Priority of Scripture

God’s Word is necessary for our own lives and foundational for Spirit-filled ministry. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”—2 Timothy 3:16

3. The Priority of Forgiveness

Don’t go into the New Year with an unresolved conflict or a private grudge. “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”—Colossians 3:13

4. The Priority of Preparation

The beginning of a year is a great time to step back and prepare—whether that be lesson plans for the school year or ideas for quality family time. Seize a few moments now to prepare before the busyness of the year swallows you up. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which…provides her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”—Proverbs 6:6–8

5. The Priority of Order

Take some time now to order your schedule, your home, your workspace. Order is one of the greatest foundations for productivity. “Let all things be done decently and in order.”—1 Corinthians 14:40

6. The Priority of the Gospel

Christ’s last command must be our first priority. Take time now to evaluate your participation in the Great Commission. Are you regularly sharing the gospel with lost people? Are you sacrificially giving to world evangelism? How can you grow in both? “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”—Matthew 28:19–20

7. The Priority of Mentoring

It is only as we develop others around us that we permanently succeed. Who can you intentionally invest in this year? In many cases, these people are our direct responsibility given by God—if you are a parent, your children; if you are a teacher, your students. “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”—2 Timothy 2:2

As you look at this list of seven “priorities,” remember that, as Christians, we have just one priority—the glory of God. Use this list simply to help you evaluate how you can best invest the coming year for that one priority. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:31