3 Ways to Actually Prioritize Jesus

In my walk with Christ I frequently get caught up in things that I am supposed to do. Not only do I get caught up in things that I feel like the Bible wants me to do, but I also get caught up in pleasing people that want things from me. As a teenager, my teachers, coaches, parents, and even church leaders were consistently asking me to do more and more for them. I never knew which was more important!

As I’ve gotten older, I have found that prioritizing all of these things is a lot easier when I am putting Jesus first in my life. But how do you actually do that?

SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SCHEDULE

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for me to have a routine where I am specifically setting aside time to talk to Jesus and read my bible every day. In the story of Daniel, we see that Daniel was devoted to his schedule with God. The Bible says:

“Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel 6:10

I’m not Daniel, but I’m pretty confident that this is why Daniel was close enough to God that he was able to live, even when he was thrown in a den with lions. Putting Jesus first means taking your time with Him seriously enough that it deserves to be on your calendar.

 LISTEN

This is one of my biggest struggles. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who only talked about themselves and never let you talk? I think that is how we pray a lot of the time. In the Psalms, the author writes:

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4

Take 3 deep breaths and pray that prayer 5 times. Then, sit and listen. Putting Jesus first means wanting to hear His voice, not just telling Him all of our struggles.

BE THE BEST FRIEND

Earlier today my friend called me and said, “Hey, I remember that you told me you had a busy week. How is it going?” That was a great way to show me that he cared for me. Jesus does not ask us to be God. That is impossible. He tells us to:

“Love your neighbor as yourself” -Matthew 22:39

God created humans, so of course He wants us to love each other! And putting Jesus first means that you put other people’s priorities ahead of your own.


Prioritizing Jesus is not an easy task, and trust me, this is not an exhaustive list of every way to put Him first in your life. However, these three practical steps have helped me to make sure that I am walking in a way that is pleasing to Him every day of my life.

WRITTEN BY: ZACH FETTER
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Distracted

In our culture today, we face so many distractions. In fact, one of the largest distractions in our generation today is in our pockets and in our hands almost all the time – our phones.

Truth is, our phones can be such an incredible tool. All the information we could ever want is at our fingertips, and communicating with friends and family is possible within a split second. But if you're anything like me, you've also found yourself staring into your screens, spending hours and hours refreshing your social media page to see the latest news, latest updates, latest tweets, and to see how many "likes" your latest post got.

If you're anything like me, social media has become a huge distraction in your life.

If I'm honest, if I spent half as much time with God and reading scripture as I did scrolling my social media feed, my walk with the Lord would be at whole new levels.

And if I'm honest again, I don't think I'm alone. I don't think I'm the only one that has realized the technology and activities in my life has largely distracted me from the work of God in my life.

And so on November 8th, we will be doing something as a ministry that we've never done before – we will be taking a Social Media Fast.

Fasting – The willing absence or reduction of food, drink, or activity in one's life.

Our hope at BSM North isn't to tell our students and leaders that "social media is bad!" Truth is, I really enjoy social media. I love getting to see what my friends are up to, what's going on in the world, and posting a few things myself.

Social media isn't the problem. We are the problem.

Our hearts have such a tendency to get distracted from the work of God by all sorts of things – school, family, homework, sports, hobbies, money, jobs, and on and on I could go. And so it's vital in our lives to slow down, take a pause, and refocus our attention on God.

That's why, from November 8 to 15, we're doing a Social Media Fast. 


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The cool part? Instead of telling students to simply delete their social media apps and do their best to focus on God for a week, we've actually written our very first BSM North Devotional that our students will take home with them on November 8. Each chapter of our Devotional is written by one of our BSM North Leaders, and includes daily scriptures for our students to reflect on each morning and night, as well as a section for students to answer questions.

Our greatest desire is that this would be a transformative time in our lives, where we press pause on the distractions in our lives, and refocus our attention back to where it belongs – on Jesus.


Do you have to be involved in BSM North to participate in the Social Media Fast? Of course not! We'll be posting our Devotionals each morning and night on our website so you can join with us!

 

WRITTEN BY: BRADEN COLLUM
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Who We Are

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This past Wednesday, we wrapped up our first series of the school year – Vision Series. For the past 3 weeks, we've spent time talking about who we are as a ministry, what our purpose is, what our mission is, and what our vision is.

It's simple really, we want to be like Jesus.

But too often, ministries get caught up in the tag lines. We get caught up trying to creating awesome worship services, and singing the coolest songs, and growing our numbers. It's easy to get distracted by the exterior things of who we are as a ministry.

We too often forget who we really are: A community of people. We all come from different backgrounds, different schools, and different social and economic statuses. But we're a family. That's really who we are.

And so this past Wednesday, we set up a photoshoot for our BSM North "family." Our first reason for this was simply to have fun with it! I mean, who doesn't like grabbing a few friends and making ugly faces in front of a camera?

But the other reason? To give you a glimpse of who we are. All of us have our own quirks, issues, goofiness, struggles, awkwardness, doubts, silly faces, and ridiculous poses.

All of us on our own unique journey of following Jesus and becoming more like Him.

This is who we are.