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2010.9.19 what's important (1

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2010.9.19 what's important (1

  1. 1. What’s Important? The things that matter most in life
  2. 2. lifespan of 70 years <ul><li>Sleep................23 years...........32.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Work................16 years...........22.8% </li></ul><ul><li>TV.................... 8 years...........11.4% </li></ul><ul><li>Eating................6 years............8.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Travel................6 years............8.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Leisure............4.5 years............6.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Illness...............4 years.............5.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Dressing............2 years............ 2.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Religion..........0.5 years............0.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Total................70 years.............100% </li></ul>
  3. 3. I. How do I know what’s really important? <ul><li>1. Don’t let the urgent take priority. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Then Saul built an altar to the Lord. This was the first alter that he built to the Lord.” </li></ul><ul><li>( I Samuel 14:35 ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. <ul><li>Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; </li></ul><ul><li>In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Putting God first is the most important thing we can do. <ul><li>But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness , and all these things shall be added to you.&quot; (Matthew 6:33) </li></ul>
  6. 6. II. How Do I Determine What is Important?
  7. 7. <ul><li>There is no greater priority than loving and obeying God. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways ands to love Him, </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>to serve the Lord your God with all of your heart and all your soul and to keep the commandments of the Lord… (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>(Joshua 24:15) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>2. Tenaciously seeking after God’s wisdom is the way to discern what is important. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 3. Get God’s input before setting priorities. <ul><li>“ Now Saul said, ‘Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and plunder them until morning light; and let us not leave a man of them.’ </li></ul>
  13. 13. 3. Get God’s input before setting priorities. <ul><li>And they said, ‘Do whatever seems good to you.’ Then the priest said, ‘let us draw near to God here” (I Samuel 14:36) </li></ul>
  14. 14. III. What Happens When We Fail to Set Priorities?
  15. 15. <ul><li>1. We will stop doing what is right in God’s eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>“ In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6) </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>This is the greatest characterization of our time – the results are sinful behavior. </li></ul>

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