The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Following God changes our priorities is shown repeatedly as the good news of Jesus transforms people. Jesus transformed a friend who, earlier in her life, was a drug addict headed for destruction. Now a recovered drug addict, she is a successful nurse and speaks on the transformation that Jesus can do in your life.

You may be wrestling with priorities that the Holy Spirit is bringing to your attention. Changing our priorities is difficult, and our sinful nature always gravitates away from God and not toward Him. We can be thankful that the Lord is a God of intervention and uses His Word, the work of the Spirit, circumstances, and other ways to get our attention. With the Lord’s help, He can mold, shape, and redirect us in ways you can’t imagine.

Peter’s Priorities Changed

Peter was an ordinary fisherman fishing in the Sea of Galilee to make a living. His priority was ensuring his boat and nets were in good order so He could work. The Bible does not say but fishermen often followed in their fathers’ footsteps. The account of Jesus calling Peter shows that he was already a believer, but God had more. I believe God has more for all of us, and we have tremendous untapped potential if we only let the Lord change our priorities. One day Peter was fishing, and then Jesus entered his life with a surprise.

Luke 5:10 Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on, you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. [1] Peter had spent his life fishing, but now he was at a junction in the road. Peter had free will to keep on fishing or follow Jesus. Peter chose to follow Jesus and became a fisher of people. Think how many people were impacted by Peter as he followed God’s plan for his life. Everything in Peter’s life moving forward would change, especially his priorities. Jesus would transform His life, and Peter would become a great apostle used by the Lord to do fantastic work in the Kingdom.

The Lord Wants to Change Your Priorities

As the Lord refines and shapes us, He changes our priorities. As our priorities change, it is evidence that the Lord is at work in our lives and that we have become different people. Not only does our change in priorities affect us, but it affects everyone around us. When God becomes number one, we see ourselves and others differently.

Luke 9:62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” [2]Once Jesus becomes our top priority, there is no looking back. To learn how following Jesus changes our priorities, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 5:10–11). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 9:62). Tyndale House Publishers.

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