Leaders often find themselves torn between the things they must do and the things they want to do. Choosing means making a decision about priorities- esteeming those things that are highly valued differently from those that are not.
It sounds simple, but it's anything but simple when your choices are making ice cream sundaes or sending out emails to the entire mailing list, planning your next meeting, calling back an angry church member. I'll take spa day for 100!
Yet, we must choose. A great way to decide what's really important in life and ministry is aligning our affections. Yep, ice cream sundaes and spa days help with self-care to a degree
, but our calling is not focused upon self-care. We care for ourselves so that we can fulfill our callings to care for others. Colossians 3:2-17 says, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Setting your affections is directing your mind to a thing, to seek, or to strive for. (Vine's Dictionary) This week as we set our minds to the work of ministry, let's prioritize what matters to God. Clearing your email might be a good thing, but is it a God-thing for that day. Counseling others all day every day may be a good thing, but is it a God-thing?
As leaders we have a tendency to busy ourselves with the duties of the day, never considering what God desires for us to accomplish. Do not value anything over and above the will of God. King David says in 1 Chron. 29:3 says, "Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,"
When we set our affections on the house of God, on the will of God, on the purposes of God for our lives, God ensures that we have every "proper good" or everything we need to satisfy our lives.
So take the time every day to set your affections on the things of God. Align your heart to do the will of God. Receive the grace of God to accomplish everything you purpose to do for the house of God.