What Is the Most Important Thing To You?
by Tommy Thornhill

I am addressing this question to readers who believe in God, who believe in heaven and hell and who believe that every person has an immortal soul which will spend eternity somewhere after this life is over. But, before you answer the question maybe you ought to give some serious thought to what it will be. Now to the question.

Is your FAMILY the most important thing to you? Before you answer, let me reply, “It should not be!” Remember, Jesus said, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” Matt.10:37. In his account Luke adds, “…brothers and sisters” Lk.14:26. Jesus is not denying family love is important, for it is. His point of emphasis is that when He and His Father are given their proper position (placing Them first – Matt.6:33; 22:36-40) then man will know how to interact in family relationships since God not only formed the family unit He gave the laws to regulate it. Following God’s law will make the family what it should be, and you will learn how to properly direct your love.

Is your PHYSICAL LIFE the most important thing to you? It should not be! The Lord Jesus said, “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” Jn.12:25.

Is WORLDLY PLEASURE the most important thing in your life? It should not be! It was those who “are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life” Lk.8:14 which caused them to be lost. Paul warns that such people are “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” and describes them as people “having a form of godliness, but denying its power. And from such people turn away” 2.Tim.3:4-5.

Is MAKING A LIVING more important to you than living the Christian life? When “making a living” interferes with your responsibilities to God, the church and your family; it becomes a liability. Making money should not be the most important thing in your life. Jesus Christ said, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” Lk.16:13. Mammon is money.

Is HAVING WORLDLY FRIENDS more important to you than anything else? It should not be! God tells us in Jas.4:4, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” And again, “Do not be deceived; evil company corrupts good habits” 1.Cor.15:33.

Is BEING POPULAR WITH OTHERS the most important thing to you? It should not be! The divinely inspired apostle Paul said “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” Gal.1:10.

Is LOVE FOR THE WOLRD more important to you than love for God? It should not be! God tells us “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” 1.Jn.2:15.

Conclusion: What is the most important thing to YOU? After you eliminate the above matters, you can begin to clearly see what the child of God has left as the most important thing in life. To me the answer is very clear. There is nothing more important in life than to know God and His Son. WHY? Let Jesus answer. “And this is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” Jn.17:3.

In his “Expository Dictionary  of New Testament Words” W.E. Vines points out that the word “know” (ginoske) is frequently used to indicate a relationship between the person knowing and the object known i.e. what is known is of value and importance to the one who knows, hence the establishment of a relationship. In other words, to know God and Jesus Christ is to realize, recognize and understand completely that only by establishing and maintaining an intimate relationship with the Father and the Son will one be able to gain eternal life, to live forever with Them in heaven. What could be of greater importance than this?

So, how do we come to know God and Jesus? “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” 1.Jn.2:3-6. How well do you know Them?

From The Buckhorn Teacher