When Properly Prioritizing God’s Instructions Will Not Conflict
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. As a simple [very basic] list of Scriptural priorities (understanding there are things that could be sub listed that are not and some qualifiers to the following):
1. Lord our God (Mark 12:30 and Romans 14:7-8).
2. Brethren (I John 3:14-18 and I John 4:21).
3. Physical family (Matthew 10:34-37 and I Peter 3:1-7).
4. Neighbor (Romans 13:9-10; cf. Luke 10:25-37).
5. The right mentality, putting yourself last (I Corinthians 10:33).
B. However, sometimes there is an incorrect understanding of prioritizing that creates conflicts with the instructions above from not rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:14-18):
1. I.E. A person says “I have to provide for my family (I Timothy 5:8), so I cannot be there on Sunday”.
a. Example of said flawed reasoning (Proverbs 30:12): “I want to attend Penn State University, to get a good job, but there is not a congregation there.”
i. Going away to colleges, military, etc. do not keep children faithful to the Lord (I Corinthians 15:33).
ii. These decisions are rooted in worldly wisdom, which says a lot (Romans 12:1-3 and I Corinthians 3:19).
b. Another of the same: “I want to take a job, though there is no congregation, I will at least provide financially.”
c. Regarding that thinking, what about Ephesians 4:15-16, Colossians 3:1-4, and Hebrews 10:23-31?
2. A husband or wife says, “God hates divorce” (Malachi 2:14-16), and applies such to keep their mate from serving God by doing something like moving where there is a sound congregation.
a. Is a believer in bondage to an unbeliever in such a case (I Corinthians 7:12-15)? *This does not mean that since your spouse leaves you because you chose the Lord that you can now remarry (Matthew 19:3-12).
b. Does the Lord expect you to really put him over your spouse/children when conflict between He and they arise (Luke 14:25-26)?
II. Body: Gaining a proper understanding of Godly priorities (Proverbs 3:5-7).
A. By always putting God first, everything else falls into its proper place (Psalms 37:23, Proverbs 16:1-3, and Matthew 6:24-34).
1. The measuring stick will always be first; above all else, what is pleasing to God (I Thessalonians 4:1)?
2. The reminder is always who my life belongs to (Galatians 2:20).
3. God's way is NEVER the problem (Psalms 18:30).
4. Man’s understanding and application is always the problem (Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 20:24, Luke 18:10-14, and II Peter 3:15-18).
B. The proper understanding of the difference between spiritual thinking and carnal thinking properly sets your priorities (Romans 8:4-8 and Galatians 5:16-17).
1. Should we get caught up in the carnal stuff (Luke 8:13-14 and II Timothy 2:1-4)?
2. What does a real converted person do with regarding focusing on carnal things (Romans 13:13-14)?
C. Making some applications…
1. I am told to obey the Government I am under the authority of (Romans 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-16), but God provides a limit to that (Acts 5:26-29).
2. Providing physically for yourself and family is a command from God (II Thessalonians 3:8-10), with an exception in prioritizing such (Luke 5:1-11).
a. Boundaries exist such as contentment (Philippians 4:10-12 and I Timothy 6:6-10).
b. Principles exist such as how can I place providing physically for my family and overlook providing spiritually as the priority by working too much that I neglect the spiritual (Ephesians 6:4 and Titus 2:3-5)?
3. The husband/wife/child relationship (Colossians 3:18-21), but with boundaries God has put in place (Acts 5:1-11).
a. Scriptures such as Matthew 18:15-17 and James 5:19-20 do not have a husband/wife exception clause.
b. Husbands love your wives AS Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25).
i. Church sins, Jesus does what (Revelation 3:19)?
ii. Church does not repent, Jesus does what (Revelation 2:16)?
4. I am told to be hospitable (I Peter 4:9), but to what end when there are greater things to do (Luke 10:38-42)?
5. Loving my neighbor is commanded (James 2:8), but has to be properly placed by God’s boundaries (Jeremiah 23:14, Galatians 1:10, and James 4:4).
6. Be forgiving a longsuffering (Colossians 3:12-13), but God has provided lines not to cross (Matthew 15:1-14, Luke 17:3-4, Titus 3:9-11, etc.; cf. Acts 26:18-20).
III. Conclusion: Make sure you are serving God acceptably (Hebrews 12:28-29).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager