Have you defined your life’s priorities? Your priorities are what you give special attention to. As a Christian in a world full of choices, what is most important in your life?
Genesis 1 reveals that life’s top three priorities are: God, family, and work. God gave us these priorities in the Garden of Eden. His words are recorded in Genesis 1:26-28 which says:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
God created you in his image and likeness, and you are at your best when you are in fellowship with him.
Jesus is describing Himself in Revelation 22:13 when he declares “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Your first priority in life is your relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth”—these are God’s first spoken words to mankind. They are the Creator’s personal instructions to his creation. These words speak to the importance of the family.
The family is mankind’s most basic social unit. It is God’s idea and it is sacred. Not everyone is called to marriage and children (1 Corinthians 7:8), but everyone is part of a family.
Enjoy, nurture, and protect your family—this is one of your life’s most important priorities, second only to your relationship with God.
Finally, God instructs you to subdue the earth and rule over his creation. You do this through your daily labor in which you are the steward of the things God has given you.
God uses the fruits of your labor to provide for your physical, social, and community needs, as well as the needs of others. God is engaged and active throughout all of the world’s workplaces.
Your work is Kingdom work.
Get these three priorities straight—God, family, and work—and the rest of life will fall into place.