The story is told of two young men living every football fan’s dream. They won tickets to the Super Bowl. Wanting to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they arrived at the game early and excitedly found their seats. They then watched as the rest of the stadium filled up around them.
As kick-off approached, the young men noticed that a seat in front of them remained empty. The game began and yet no one came. The first quarter came and went. The young men couldn’t believe it. How could a person not use their ticket to the Super Bowl?
By halftime, they couldn’t take it anymore. They finally broke down and asked the other people in the row if they knew whose seat it was.
“Yes,” said the woman sitting next to the empty seat. “It was my husband’s, but he passed away.”
“I’m so sorry,” replied one of the young men. “But I’m surprised a family member or friend didn’t want to use the ticket.”
“I am too,” the woman replied with a shrug. “But they all said that they would rather attend the funeral.”
We all have to make choices of how we use our time. We all have important things we need to do with the twenty four hours we are given each day and the seven days we are given each week. In fact, we have so many important things to do, we can’t do it all. We have to make choices.
The choices we make show what our priorities are. Do you know what your top priorities are? If you’re not sure, just look at how you spend your time and money. That will show you what is most important to you.
God wants to be the most important thing in your life. God deserves to be the most important thing in your life. He is our Creator. He is our Savior and Friend. Everything we have and everything we are is because of him.
A wise old pastor once told me that priorities are like a button down shirt. If the first button isn’t buttoned right, all the other buttons will be crooked. But if you get the first button right, all the other buttons fall into place.
Get your top priority right and all the other buttons will fall into place. Give God the first part of your time and money and he will make sure you have enough for everything else. Take time every week to go to church. Take time every day to pray and study his Word and everything else will fall into place. Don’t give God what is left over. Set aside for him first.
In the Old Testament, God’s people weren’t giving to him first. So God challenged them. “Test me in this,” he said, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not enough room for it” (Malachi 3:10). Test God. Give him your time and money first and see if he won’t make sure that you have enough for everything else.
Make God your top priority.