Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Of First Importance

I have a new todo app. I’m constantly trying to get myself organized, and this app seems to have it all. I can easily mark things in order of importance, due dates, even place them into a category called “someday.” It is the procrastination category, and has the most items in it. The app is also connected to my Apple Watch and I will get notifications, which can be really annoying. The other day I received a tip notification that read “people who have 5 or less items a day are more productive.” The app must not have liked all the tasks in the “someday” category.

trying to figure out what is the most important task of the day can be difficult, there are so many issues and problems that cry out to us each day. We scramble from one thing to another and hope that by the end of the day we have been more productive than not. It’s called the “tyranny of the urgent.” But what if we knew what was the most important task on the list? How would that change our day? How would it change our lives?

  • “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15;3,4). 

The Scriptures tell us that the most important information in our lives is the gospel.  That doesn’t help us with our task list, but it does inform it. Just think about it. What if you viewed everything from the lense of the gospel? In what manner would you complete your tasks? How would perform your work, treat your boss, your employees? What would your marriage look like, your parenting, or your grand parenting? Would you skip out on your classes,  cheat on a test, settle for “C” work? The gospel elevates everything because in it we have been elevated into the presence of God, and God expects excellence.

The world looks a whole lot different today. The Gospel is bringing everything into focus. Maybe, I will rethink my todo list. I’m just saying.



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