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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

“Only if we put first things first, we can truly enjoy ‘second things.’”
(Things That Matter, by the faculty of the Austin Graduate School of Theology)

1. The Glory and Honor of God:

When Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9), God’s honor was besmirched. He allowed Job’s loyalty and love to be put to a cosmic test because God’s honor was even more important than Job’s happiness. The most important thing to the apostle Peter was “…that in all things God may be glorified.” (1 Peter 4:11). The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it well: “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

2. Truth:

King David knew what God wants most from us: “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts.” (Psalm 51:6). If we bypass truth, nothing else matters. Matthew Henry said, “Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth.”

3. Heaven:

We must not be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. Heaven forbid! But to live well on earth, we need a heavenly perspective on life. C.S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

4. The Forgiveness of Sin:

There is no way to heaven or to moral integrity without this. Our forgiveness mattered so much to God that he came up with a glorious plan of salvation for sinners at a huge cost to His beloved Son. Sin is not a finite misstep but a falling short of the infinite glory of God, for which we were made. Jesus appeared “in order to take away sins.” (1 John 3:5).

5. Participation in God’s Love:

We cannot do this without God’s forgiveness. Once set right by God, we begin our pursuit of and participation in God’s love. Between faith, hope and love, “the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). While love starts with God, it does not stop with Him. Loving the Father also means loving His children: “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19).

6. The Sanctity of Human Life:

The Lord said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5). God created man in his own image. Nations, states, cities, homes, planes, trucks, cars, and national parks all matter but they were not made in God’s image. You are!

7. The Integrity of the Family:

Everything important about culture begins with children—how we raise them, teach them, train them, challenge them and love them. Dismantle marriage, and children will suffer. So will aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, neighbors, churches and nations. The definition of marriage is God-ordained (Matthew 19:4-6) and the well-being of children is realized more under God’s terms than any other alternative. The sacred and specific qualities of motherhood and fatherhood are devalued when “marriage” is redefined in a way that displaces either one.

8. The Health of the Church:

As a minister, I have devoted my life to this priority. The church is the bride of Christ and God wants her to be holy and healthy. Therefore, cultivate your spiritual gifts in the service of Jesus’ beautiful bride.

9. Your Health and Safety:

“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). That’s true of others too, so let’s take care of each other.

10. The Election:

In a nation founded upon the principle of the consent of the governed (among other noble principles), it is more than just a privilege to vote: It’s a duty. Do it! But don’t do it dumb! Understand you elective options. Freedom is precious. Good leadership is crucial. Elections matter tremendously! Just not quite as much as all of the above.

 

“Modern culture distracts our attention from nobler pursuits.”
(Things That Matter, by the faculty of the Austin Graduate School of Theology)

 

The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.