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The Bible gives us this clear priority list, right? Wrong!
We evangelicals love our lists and formulas, but the only clear priorities in Scripture are these:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33, NLT
A number of passages describe family structure, authority, and responsibilities, but defining these as strict priorities leads to selfishness.
Life isn't a list, it's a wheel with Christ at the center and spokes representing the rest of life. As the wheel turns, different priorities take precedence.(1)
A sick child, job, needy neighbor or aging parent sometimes takes priority over date night, family time or vacation. When God is our #1 priority, all other priorities roll on His path.
(1) This is not my original thought, but I'm not sure where I first heard it.
For a longer explanation on this subject, read my 3 minute post: Wheel, Not List.