Think important things

People learn to prioritize at a very early age.

Parents usually give their youngsters tasks around the house called, “chores.” Those little jobs help teach responsibility. Children are also expected to complete their homework each day. Both are important things for kids to remember.

In college, students learn to make reading and studying priorities for successful college life. When the students become adults, there are work and social priorities.

What is the most important priority of all? The Bible teaches the most important things are spiritual things.

Jesus always taught spiritual lessons. Yes, he used examples from life to illustrate his lessons, but they were always about spiritual things. He encouraged people to think about those because eternity (and where we’ll spend it) is the most important consideration in this life.

While on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus met someone who was taking those spiritual things seriously. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector who was very rich. But, there was something else about this man. He had heard about Jesus and wanted to see him, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So, he climbed a tree.

Deity understands the hearts of all, and Jesus understood what Zacchaeus was thinking. There was within this little tax collector the desire for eternal life. While many people criticized Jesus for going home with the little man, the Lord admired his heart (Luke 19:8). Zacchaeus was thinking important things.

What occupies your mind each day? Is your day absorbed with thoughts of work, home, marriage? Many folks are, too. Isn’t it time you thought about eternity and where you will live eternally? If so, seek truly important things. Zacchaeus knew how much it meant. You can, too.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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