The Highest Priority
Daily Bible Reading – Ezra 2, 3; Luke 8
Today’s Key Passage – Ezra 3:1-6
Like most people, I do not enjoy moving. I have moved several times over the years, and each time I have faced the same dilemma. Once everything is moved into the new home, the question always becomes where to begin. If you have ever moved, you have likely faced the same issue and the question is usually answered based on your immediate priorities. Since you know you are going to need clothes to wear, you might begin by unpacking your wardrobe. Perhaps you need to make a meal, so the kitchen boxes might come first. If you are tired from a long day of moving, getting the bed in order might become the most important thing. Whatever the case, your first steps when moving to a new home will always be dictated by your highest priority.
After years of exile, the remnant of God’s chosen people were finally returning to Jerusalem. In today’s key passage, we find out about their highest priority during the move into their new home. When they returned to Jerusalem, they found that they were surrounded by strangers who had settled in the lands surrounding the city. Though they were afraid of being attacked by one of their new neighbors, they did not immediately begin by building a wall around the city or by worrying about their defenses. (3:3) Instead, their first step was to rebuild the altar and (eventually) God’s temple. They knew that their highest priority was to worship God.
We can all learn a lesson from the people in our story today. How often do we choose to spend our time building our physical lives instead of our spiritual ones? In this life, we are constantly faced with changing priorities, and often we can all be tempted to make God and afterthought. Like the people returning to Jerusalem, though, we must all make better choices. When it comes to finding our highest priority, the correct answer is always our loving Heavenly Father. When we choose to put Him first in all that we do, our priorities will always be in the right order.
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