Decisions, Decisions and Decisions Making
Think about priorities
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, life presents you with decisions you have to make daily. Some decisions are easy to make, but others are extremely difficult. Having clear priorities makes the decision process easier. But where can we find the help we need to establish good priorities? This lesson will show you what you should use to establish your priorities as well as who can help you to set good priorities.
1. What is one of the toughest decisions you have ever had to make?
2. How did your decision reveal your real priorities?
Read the following sets of Bible passages and application notes. Answer the questions for each set before moving on to the next.
In order to set good priorities in life we need wisdom. We can attain the wisdom we need in two ways. First, we can spend time reading and studying God's Word, which is wisdom's starting point and the source of knowledge and understanding (2:6). Second, we need to earnestly seek God's wisdom (James 1:5). Because God's wisdom is hidden, it takes effort to find it. Finding wisdom can be strenuous. But when we are on that path, we will discover that true wisdom is God's and that he will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search.
3. Why do we need wisdom for establishing priorities?
4. If people do not use wisdom to establish priorities, what do they use instead?
5. To what degree have you turned to God for wisdom in setting your priorities?
6. What steps can you take this week to attain more of God's wisdom for setting your priorities?
When Jesus called Matthew (also called Levi) to be one of his disciples, Matthew got up and followed, leaving behind a profitable career. Sometimes the decision to follow Christ requires difficult or painful choices. Like Matthew, we must decide to leave behind those things that would keep us from following Christ. The next time you hear God calling you to follow him, do it with as much abandon as Matthew.
7. What would be hard for you to leave or give up if Jesus asked you?
8. What does this tell you about your priorities?
9. Why does Jesus sometimes ask us to give up something that is dear to us?
10. What priorities do you need to change in order to be willing to give up anything Christ asks of you?
Peter explains to us that a person whose life changes radically at conversion may experience contempt or even abuse from old friends. This is because a person who accepts Christ changes his or her priorities and heads in a new direction. A person's change in priorities will ultimately lead to a change in his or her lifestyle, which will make non-Christian friends feel guilty about their activities. If this happened to you because of your conversion, keep in mind that every person will eventually face God's judgment. Endure your non-Christian friends' criticism and stay faithful to your convictions, knowing that you will receive God's approval and acceptance on Judgment Day.
11. How did your priorities change when you accepted Christ?
12. What effect did your conversion have on your non-Christian friends?
13. How do an eternal perspective and Christlike priorities help you deal with negative pee pressure now?
14. With which worldly priorities do you continue to struggle?
As Christians, we need to establish our priorities using God's wisdom. We can find his wisdom in Scripture and through persistent prayer. At times Christ may even call us to reorder or reconstruct our priorities. When we do this, the world will hate us. But God assures us that the eternal reward for obeying him will far outweigh the immediate benefits of following the crowd.
15. What steps could you take this week to begin to evaluate your priorities?