I read this statement today: The main thing is to keep the main thing – the main thing. Don’t you love it? So often we get sidetracked. We concentrate on our education. We concentrate on our careers. We concentrate on our families – these are all good things to do. But, should they be the MAIN THING?
When our children are young, we ask them if they’ve finished their school homework. We might even be brave enough to try to help them from time to time. But when is the last time you’ve helped your children study their Bible lesson? Do your children hear you bring their names before God’s throne in prayer? In some families, sports is the “main thing.” Only 1.2% of high school boys who play high school basketball go on to play professionally, and yet, 100% of them will face the Lord on Judgment Day. Are we getting so caught up in making sure that our children can make a living that we’re forgetting to help them make a life? Which one should be the “main thing?”
As adults, we can also get caught up in making a living. In order to have a bigger house or a newer car, do we take that extra job that requires us to miss worship services on a regular basis? Do we work so hard that come Wednesday night, we’re too tired to go to mid-week services? Are we putting the “main thing – the main thing?” Do we spend our money on material goods, vacations, or on entertainment so that we don’t have much left to put in the collection plate on Sunday?
So what is the main thing? In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said that the first and great commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” The main thing is to love God with everything we have. We need to study His Word to find out what we need to do to please Him, to find out how He wants to be worshiped, and what we must do to be saved. Our “main thing” should be living our lives in such a way that heaven will be our home in eternity. If there is something in your life that you need to change, I pray that you make the “main thing – the main thing.” God Bless, Courtney