During His time on earth, Jesus gave His followers, including those of us who follow Him today, lots of instructions regarding how we should live our lives. Unfortunately, today in our busy, tech-central society, we disregard much of this. 

 Remember, before leaving earth, Jesus gave instructions to believers to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Our priority as His followers should always be to spread the Gospel message.

This also goes hand-in-hand with His earlier command to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). That is because the kingdom of God is made up of believers. People only become believers after the Gospel is shared with them.

Sharing the Gospel must be our top priority in life. This does not mean we neglect other needs people may have. Do food, shelter and warmth matter? Yes, physical needs often come first, however our priority is to share the Gospel. And why is that? The Gospel is the only means of rescue for a fellow human being from an eternity of suffering in the next life. If we care about a person’s physical needs, we must also care about their spiritual needs.

Recently, someone posted a reminder on Facebook that sharing the Gospel must be our priority in all we do. That includes voting as well. Will the laws and politicians offered on the ballots help us to continue to share the Gospel or will they hinder us in some way? That is how we need to look at our ballot choices. It’s not about who is the Democrat or Republican. It is about our freedom to share the Gospel with others.

The “seek first” verse from Matthew 6 ends with “and all these things will be given to you as well.” What things might those be? Well, in previous verses, Jesus talked about the basic needs in life we tend to worry about – food, shelter, warmth, etc. He said all those needs will be provided for to believers when they put Jesus’ priorities into effect. The Gospel must be top priority for us as Christians.

Jesus spent much of His time caring for the poor and sick during His earthly ministry, but His priority was always to die for the saving message of the Gospel. He made it His priority. Now, it is time to ask ourselves as Christians, “What is my priority at the polls and everywhere else I will go today, tomorrow and in the days ahead?”

Something to think about.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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