Monday, April 21, 2014
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What is of importance to you?

LOOKING UP • JOE BAISDEN
When called upon to conduct a funeral for someone I have never known, it is my custom to interview the family in search of information that will make the service meaningful.  One question I usually ask a family is what was the most important thing in their loved one’s life.  Several years ago, when asking a man’s widow that question, without hesitation, she convincingly replied,  “Me!”


Her response spoke worlds about their fifty-three-year marriage.  The tight togetherness of this couple obviously had its effect on other members of the family.  In response to her answer to my question, those family members who were gathered in the room with us smiled in affirmation.
How would you answer the question?  What is of first importance in your life?  Would others who know you give the same answer about you?
During our lifespan what is of first importance will more than likely be altered from time to time.  When first in the world, being fed and changed takes priority, and they make it known by loud crying.  As children grow older they often continue to want what they want when they want it.  Whatever it is they want is the most important thing to them at the time, and they have myriad ways of communicating their urgent wants.
Hopefully, their maturation process will include the cultivation of values not so self-centered.  The model for all mankind would have to be Jesus, who repeatedly identified the most important thing in His life as that of doing the will of His Father in Heaven.  With that as His ultimate goal, everything else in His life came into proper alignment.
If we live our lives under that same general value as did Jesus, we, too, will properly align the rest of our lives as well.   We will as husbands love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.  As wives, we will submit to our husbands as to the Lord.  As husbands and wives, we will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  As children we will obey our parents.  As parents we will not exasperate our children, but will bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
No member of our family will feel unimportant, for that importance will be communicated verbally and by the way each is treated.  When pleasing God is the most important thing in our lives, abuse and neglect would be non-existant.  
In his dying moments on the cross, it was important to Jesus to make arrangements for his mother’s care.  (See John 19:25-27)
What is of first importance to us will continually and ultimately come to light, for it will receive the highest priority in our lives.  It will be revealed in the way we use our time, our resources, and in how we treat each other. 
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” - Matt. 6:33