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Important.....Or Maybe Not So Much

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this weekend about importance.  More specifically how you can tell what is really important to a person.

Because, let's face it, we all say things are "important" to us that really aren't so much.  What we really mean is "I prefer that thing, but really only if the getting of it is fairly convenient for me".   The way we can tell if something is actually important to a person is the lengths to which they are willing to go to obtain that thing.

So I may say that it is important for me to exercise more.  But if I don't exercise because in order to do so I would have to get up much earlier in the morning than I am accustomed to and drive to the gym or run in sometimes inclement weather....then getting more exercise isn't really that important to me.  And it is certainly less important than the things keeping me from exercise.

I am afraid this is an all too often occurrence among Christians.  We say things are important to us but our actions tell a different story of different priorities.  I think this is partly because we know the things we are saying are important to us as followers of Christ should be actually important to us.

So.......

We say sharing our faith is important......but we rarely do it.

We say spending time reading the Bible and praying is important......but we don't get up early enough or set aside time to make it happen.

We say fellowship with our church family is important........but we only go on Sunday mornings and sometimes we sleep in and miss that.

We say this is important........but we do that instead.

The very simple (and very convicting) truth is that we are already doing the things that are important to us.  So if we want to know what is really important to ourselves or others, all we have to do is look to see what we spend our time doing.  This truth is what spawned sayings like "Talk is cheap" and "Put your money where your mouth is".  We know that we can say anything, but our actions prove what we say to be either true or false.

We can see this truth illustrated very clearly in the life of Jesus.  What He said was important to Him was the same as what He did.  Here are a few verses where Jesus explains what is most important to Him.


Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." - John 4:34

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. - John 6:38

but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. - John 14:31

Jesus makes it very clear that He has come to do the will of His Father who sent Him.  And if we keep following the story we will see Jesus in Gethsemane on His face before His father pleading for another way to accomplish the Father's will if it is possible.  Jesus knows the pain and agony that awaits Him if He continues to do the will of His Father.  He knows that at the end of that road is a cross and His death.  And yet we know that Jesus tells His father "Not My will be done, but Yours" and that ultimately He faces the torture and humiliation of death on the cross.  Despite knowing the pain, the agony that was coming Jesus proved that obeying His father was the most important thing to Him by doing it, by actually obeying the Father's will.  His actions proved His words to be true.

So......

If sharing our faith is important.....we will build relationships with lost friends, family, and coworkers and share the gospel with them.

If spending time reading the Bible and praying is important.......we will find the time to do it even if it means getting up early or staying up late.

If fellowship with our church family is important.......we will spend time with our church family when the church has events to encourage that (even if they are not on Sunday mornings) and we will invite our church family to spend time with us in our homes.

If we say this is important.....we will find a way to do this, not that.

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