Setting our Priorities

Priority One: Obedience

As we go about the daily business of living this life that our Elohiym, whose name is Yahuwah, has so graciously granted us, we often get so wrapped up in the business of life and making a living that we sometimes forget that we have a higher priority to first do the business of Yahuwah. This is Priority One and must be the first thing to think about in the morning and the last thing on your mind at night. Our Savior Yahushua the Son of Yahuwah is our salvation and that must always be at the forefront of our thoughts and daily life in order to be obedient to Yahuwah and do His will and His work.

When we let this slip, mammon sometimes takes over, and we lose sight of what our priorities must be. If we are to be Child of Yahuwah, we will be in obedience to Yahuwah, as He has revealed to us in His word.

    Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear Elohiym and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Remember that obedience to Yahuwah is what everything else is predicated upon, and as stated above, our whole duty. If we are not obedient children, our celestial Father will surely discipline us, just as our earthly fathers did for the same reason. If we do not repent of our disobedience and return to the ways of Yahuwah, we can lose that very tenuous grip that we have on eternal life.

    Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 19:17 And He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that is, Yahuwah. But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments."

Do not fall into the trap of obedience out of fear of the consequences. Be obedient because you love Him, and we know that He loves us.

    1 Yahuchanan (John) 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved Yahuwah, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

A good example of the way Yahuwah looks at obedience to Him is shown in YashaYahuw (Isaiah) 58:13-14, and just happens to concern the shabbath observation.

    YashaYahuw 58:13-14 If you turn away your foot from the shabbath, from doing your pleasure on my clean day and call the shabbath a delight, the clean of Yahuwah, honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, 14 then shall you delight yourself in Yahuwah and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed you with the heritage of Ya'aqob your father, for the mouth of Yahuwah has spoken it.

Notice what He said about OUR ways, OUR pleasures, and OUR words. This is just ONE day out of the week that He has set aside. Twenty-four hours that He wants us to concentrate on Him. He doesn't ask much. This obedience to what He does ask has to be Priority One.

The Yisra'eliym throughout their history went between periods of obedience and disobedience to Yahuwah. Every time they were obedient much good was bestowed on them as He promised it would be. Every time they went into the disobedience mode however they suffered the consequences. Again, just as He had promised.

    Howshea' (Hosea) 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to Me. Seeing you have forgotten the law of your Elohiym, I will also forget your children.

To know His law, and to do it, is what Yahuwah requires of us. This is Priority One. If we do not do this, the delegate Yahuchanan (John) tells us what we are.

    1 Yahuchanan 2:3-7 And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, "I know Him" and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, in him verily is the love of Yahuwah perfected. Hereby know we that we are in Him. He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked. Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard from the beginning.

If, however, we remain obedient, the following promise is made to us.

    Yahuchanan 8:51 Assuredly I say to you, if a man keeps My saying, he shall never see death.

To demonstrate that we can get on the outs with the Master through disobedience, look at what Yahushua said to the assembly at Ephesus. They were doing MOST things right, as evidenced by what Yahushua said to them in the preceding verses. But they were not doing EVERYTHING right. They had slipped into a mode that was not acceptable to Him, and if they remained in that mode, they were going to lose the place that they had striven so diligently to attain.

    Revelation 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from whence you art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent.

How we get on the outs with our Sovereign is as common as every day life. We forget that He is in charge, and attempt to do our thing instead of His. Usually this involves something of pleasure to us, or, sometimes, the way to do it involves the old bottom line, also known as the profit motive, or mammon. Remember this:

    Mattithyahuw 6:24 No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve Yahuwah and mammon.

Many people can and will try to rationalize and justify their failure to follow Priority One with words to the effect of, "Well, I have to make a living," or, "I like doing it and I don't see anything wrong with it."

Wrong on both accounts.

    Mattithyahuw 6:25-34 Therefore I say to you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air for they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your celestial Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? 28 And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they spin, 29 and yet I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his splendor was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if Yahuwah so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought saying, "What shall we eat?" or, "What shall we drink?" or, "With what shall we be clothed?" 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) For your celestial Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek you first the kingdom of Yahuwah and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Take therefore no thought for tomorrow for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

You DON'T have to make a living. He said He would provide and we must believe that He is able to perform what He has promised. Yes. He does want you to provide for yourself and others who are not able. But He will provide you the means to do that. You needn't worry about it.

The reason you don't see anything wrong with it is that you have deliberately closed your eyes to the will of the Master. He must always remain before your face. Keep your eye on Him and everything else follows. Obedience, love, faith. Everything. We must make our first priority the word of Yahuwah.

Learn it. Live it. Obey it.

Some would call this idea "legalism," but in fact it is the word of Yahuwah as can be seen throughout scripture.

C.F. Castleberry