It is no small task keeping our priorities in balance. We employ planners, and calendars, and schedulers, and reminders to help us do everything that needs to be done in the ever-narrowing windows we have to do them in. Recently, I saw this very thing played out in the 1991 film, Hook, with Robin Williams. He plays Peter Banning, a workaholic mergers and acquisitions lawyer who has no memory that he was once Peter Pan. Early in the movie, sitting at his daughter’s play, his phone predictably rings, and he is talked into yet another meeting. His son protests, reminding him of the baseball he promised to attend. Banning reiterates his promise, “I’ll be there. My word is my bond.” As you might have guessed, he misses the game.
No matter what Banning believed, or wanted to believe, and no matter what he earnestly claimed was his priority, his actions proved what was truly first in his life.
That holds true for everyone. Including the Apostle Paul. The singular focus in his life was telling people about the wonderful grace of God. It was his priority. Nothing else mattered. Not even his health and safety. His actions prove it. “I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know.” (Acts 20:26-27) Read that again. If anyone here dies without Jesus, it’s not my fault because I told them.
Well, he’s Paul.
Well, that’s hyperbole. He didn’t literally mean he told everybody.
Well, things are different now.
But you know, there was a day when I said Jesus was my Lord, and I exchanged my priorities for His. When you say someone is your Lord, that’s what that means. Or maybe I just say that telling people about Jesus is my priority or even one of my priorities. (Is it even possible to have multiple priorities?) It doesn’t matter that I want it to be. My actions prove what’s first in my life.