The Right Priorities

Steve Petroelje

READ : Mark 8:35-38

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? (v. 36)

Far too many people are living with upside-down priorities, putting earthly things ahead of spiritual things. They are working too many hours to the detriment of their marriage. They are so engrossed in their hobbies that they are missing out on time with their kids.

Our priorities should be: first, our relationship with God, then others (beginning with our family), then our work, and then everything else. These priorities should dictate how we use our time and energy. If work becomes more important than God or our family, then problems will arise. If we pursue play before work, we risk losing our job.

Jesus warns us of two dangers when it comes to our priorities. The first is making life all about ourselves. “Whoever would save his life will lose it” (v. 35). We are called to deny ourselves. Yes, it’s important to take care of self, but don’t simply live for self.

The second danger is to gain the world, but lose your soul (v. 36). Losing your soul is a mistake that has eternal consequences. What could you gain that would ever be worth that? So check your priorities. Ask a friend if yours seem right.


Give me the wisdom, Father, to live with the right priorities. Amen.