I recently read an article concerning the difference between taking action on urgent matters versus important matters. Tending to an urgent matter puts us in a reactive mode. It will be marked by a defensive, negative, and hurried mindset. On the other hand, addressing planned important tasks contributes to our long-term mission, values and goals. When we focus on important issues and goals we operate in a responsive mode rather than a reactive mode, and our lives will be more productive and successful. Sometimes Christians let urgent matters take control of their lives and they neglect the important things – especially spiritual things. The single most important endeavor of our lives is faithfulness to Jesus so that we when we say our last “AMEN” we can be with Him through eternity. That means we must be disciplined to spend time with God in His Word and prayer and not allow urgent matters to detract us. If we are successful in this life but we fail in our relationship with God we lose; however, when Jesus is #1 in our life, and all other matters are permeated by priority #1, we will be successful in the sight of God. And, of course, the most important goal to reach is to be with God in heaven with a transformed body and live forever in glory in the great inheritance of our heavenly Father. Question: are you a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; or, are you a citizen of heaven trying to get through this world, looking forward to reaching the most important goal? Read Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:1-4; I Thessalonians 3:11-13; II Thessalonians 1:3-12; II Timothy 4:6-8. Then listen to the song by Downhere entitled: My Last Amen.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.