1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…
As Christians we must learn to get our priorities in order, to put first things first. It’s easy for us to get distracted by secondary issues, even in the Church. But our greatest priority, the first thing for Christians, has been and always will be, the spread of the Gospel. As Christians we must be careful that we aren’t distracted from the Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and teach them all the Lord commanded. It’s easy for us to let other things climb to the top of our list, but the mission of bringing salvation to the lost must have priority above all others.
We cannot let other ministries and services become our primary focus. Serving the needy, Bible studies, Sunday School, worship music, youth programs, Church growth… are all wonderful works for the Kingdom of God, but they cannot take priority above the first thing—evangelizing and discipling the lost. We cannot let our secondary missions become a stumbling block for the primary mission.
We see that in Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. Paul had a lot to say to the Corinthians, but he reminded them that first and foremost was telling them that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and raised from the dead. Telling people the Gospel—the Good News of salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ—was first for Paul, and that must be our priority as well.
Secondary missions can be wonderful, God honoring, people serving ministries. But we cannot let them distract us from what must be first, the proclaiming of the Gospel to the lost. We must put first things first.
Have a God Filled Week,