What's Most Important?

What is the primary heartbeat of your life?  Why do you get up in the morning?  Why do you do what you do through the day?  Why do you use money the way you do?  Where is your time being spent?  What do your long-term goals revolve around?  What drives your marriage and family?  How do you spend your weekends?

Your purpose in life informs your answers to all these questions. That which you most value shapes your life.

God has revealed there is a purpose to life.  You can and should build your life upon it.  The purpose of life is to know God, enjoy God, reflect his glory back to him in the pursuit of justice and mercy in all things, and do this in community with others through Jesus Christ.[1]

Consider how clearly and repeatedly God has revealed this purpose throughout the Bible:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

Jesus answered, "The most important (commandment) is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:29-31

Through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 3:10

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Every minute we can build our lives, families, time, ability, money, and priorities upon God’s purpose.  Tim Kizziar has famously said, “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”[2] Build your life upon that which matters.


Post Author: Thomas Hill


[1] Matt Perman, What’s Best Next (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014),166.

[2] Ibid., 143.