Jesus was a man of priorities. In that sense, He clearly set the standard for those who want to follow Him and be His disciples. Without going into detail with each reference, please consider each of these statements made by Jesus and their implication to us today.
Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”
Matthew 5:24 – “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”
Matthew 23:26 – “First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean”
Mark 9:35 – “If anyone would be first, he must be last and servant of all”
Mark 13:10 – “The gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations”
Luke 6:42 – “First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly”
Luke 10:5 – “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house”
Each of these references could be a sermon on their own, but what I want us to do in this short blog is to notice that four of these six statements deal with the inner man. What we seek as our highest priority and how pure our motives are will directly impact our relationship with others. When the heart is fixed on God’s priorities first, then we will be reconciled with others and help all men be reconciled to God through the gospel of pure grace.
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