Church or God?

Working in full time ministry can make it extremely hard to manage priorities. I have come along way since my first few years of ministry. In recent months I have really needed to evaluate where my priorities lie. I am engaged and set to be married in June of 2010 and recently I have needed to make some challenging decisions on where my priorities lie.

One thing I have learned since working full time in ministry and I had wished I had figured out a long time ago is that God is not the same as Church. God has to be number one on my list. Personal time spent with God is of upmost importance, and this does not include the times that I am working in full time ministry at “Church.”

My second priority must be my family. In 1 Timothy 3:4-5 the Bible says “He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)When I make a commitment to marry my wife Lea on June 12, 2010 I must make her, and someday my child(ren) my second priority in life. I believe that if I am not honoring and prioritizing my family I should not be making a commitment to full time ministry, it’s a biblical command.

I will be the first to admit that this is not going to be easy to balance. In recent years my I have put the churches ministry above my time with God. During those times I see my personal relationship with Jesus suffer and this effects my attitude towards others and my job. Just because I work in full time ministry and am reading the bible or studying scripture for an upcoming message series or video idea it doesn’t equate to setting aside specific times to personally spend time with God.