A few weeks back, my wife and I were eagerly waiting for the arrival of our first child. I remember thinking and wondering about what it would be like to hold and to care for our baby girl. Every time those thoughts crossed my mind, a rush of mixed emotions and feelings appear to take over me. And it was in moments like those that I would finding myself asking this question; “what could God possibly be teaching me???” Those were the moments when the reality of God would start to sink in, and his presence would overwhelm me by giving me a sense of peace; a sense of His genuine love and care.
I know that He doesn’t always give me a visible answer to what I perceive to be my “greatest needs of the moment.” One of those, you know, where life seems to go back to its normal routine and pace. No, but He seems to always show Himself to those who seek Him… One of the harsh realities about life in the Christian world is that many times we try to live according to what we perceive to be “correct, real, safe, and secure.” But that is not always the best way to understand what God wants to do in and through us, or even what He might be showing us in order that we might come to understand and believe Him more. And that’s why God is supernatural….that is why His presence many times overwhelm us, and that is why our priorities should always be on HIM!!!
I am not an expert on God by any means. I do not even claim to know all the Truth about Him either, but I have been learning a few things here and there. One of the greatest lessons that I have been learning lately goes back to a very popular verse in the book of Matthew “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat. 6:21). What Matthew seems to be warning his readers here is that whatever takes control over his/her life (thoughts, actions, and even words), that same priority given to thing is the priority we should give to God in order that He would reign in us by making Himself known to us.
Luther said it very well when he wrote the following about this passage: He said:
“What a man loves, that is his God. For he carries it in his heart, he goes about with it night and day, he sleeps and wakes with it; be it what it may—wealth, or pelf, pleasure or renown.”
Here is the deal. The believer in Christ should, on a daily basis, search his/her own heart to see if there is anything that might be taking control of his/her life. The believer should have only One captain of his soul. In the words of Junior Edwards, a famous alligator hunter from Louisiana, he says: “It don’t matter how many people are in my boat…this is my boat and I am its captain…nobody else!” Very deep theological truth…not really, but in all reality a believer in Jesus Christ has a captain of their soul to guide them into growth and knowledge of his/her Savior in order to bring God the highest honor and glory in this temporary life. So, if Christ is in your boat, let Him do what only He can-Lead you in All Truth…
I believe that one of the highest priorities a believer should have is to truly attempt to live like a real follower; one who puts Christ as the captain of his/her life. That is why a believer should always have his/her priorities straight as we like to say…even when they are eagerly expecting the coming of their first baby girl, or pastoring a church, feeding the poor or helping someone to navigate through the painful roads of this life… It doesn’t matter if new or old, rich or poor, male or female. What matters the most is where your heart is… because that will show to the world where your priorities really are.
Be the follower you were meant to be!