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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Outside Our Walls

Starting on August 20, 2017, BSM North will no longer be hosting Sunday morning youth services. But why? 

I'm glad you asked.

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For a better part of American history and culture, the church building has been a huge lifeline of Christian activity. The Christian ritual has been firm and repetitive: Go to your desired church service, sit in your desired seat (or pew), listen to someone preach, sing a few songs, shake a few hands, go home, live your normal life, and then repeat next Sunday.

But the "Christian life" we see in Scripture is a far cry from today's religious systems. You see, in days of old, the lifeline of Christian activity thrived outside of the 4 walls of a building. Believers ate meals together. They prayed together. They worshiped together. They ministered to each other. They encouraged one another. They served each other.

All outside the walls of a religious building.

Then, somewhere along the lines, our culture shifted. Out of necessity, demand, common sense, habit, or comfort, Christian activity slowly became centered around a church building. Suddenly, the arms and hands, and legs and feet of the Body that were once thriving in neighborhoods, at family dinner tables, and on city streets grew stiff during the week. Truth is, we so often wait for the church doors to open on Sunday morning so we can continue our spiritual activities.

But our desire at BSM North is to return the arms and hands, and legs and feet back to the neighborhoods. Back to the family dinner tables. Back to the city streets. We have a growing zeal to see the Church thrive outside the church building.

We want students to be doing less church activity, and more Kingdom activity. 

For us at BSM North, we've realized that our long-standing behavior has been telling people to "Come to us. Come to our service. Come to our event. Come to our class." But you can't impact a city while locked away in a class room. And so we've felt a large stirring from the Lord compelling us to declare that we would be a people who would "Go to them. Go to their neighborhood. Go to their streets. Go to their homes."

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Now, there may be some concern from people who might cry out, "But what about the part where we're called to 'not neglect to gather together..'?" [Hebrews 10:25] Thankfully, we're not neglecting to gather together! Along with the reality that believers are commanded to meet together in a community setting, we truly do believe that there is so much beauty, value, and life to be had when we gather together, pray for each other, minister to each other, worship together, serve each other, and encourage each other inside the walls of a church building! 

And it's because of this importance, that our Wednesday Night service, SUMMIT, will continue to be a time of worship, encouragement, teaching, and Life Groups! But these nights will serve as a catalyst to "go." We will charge our leaders, students, and Life Groups to be more involved in the community. More involved at their dinner tables. More involved in their school hallways. More involved in the streets.

So now what?

Without Middle School and High School services on Sunday Morning, what is there for students to do? The answer is quite simple:

Serve & Worship.

Students of all ages can sign up to be a part of our SERVE Team, and help serve the people of Beltway Park on Sunday Mornings and Thursday Nights. From Children's Ministry, to helping people find a seat, to serving in a kiosk between services, everyone has a place to serve! Use this opportunity to jump in with us!

We also encourage our students to come join us in our main Worship Center on Sunday mornings. Middle School students will be encouraged to come and worship alongside other Middle Schoolers, and High School students will be encouraged to come and worship alongside other High Schoolers. Or perhaps even more powerful, we encourage our students to worship together with their family.

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As we journey into this new season, we ask for your prayers. Pray that our leaders, students, and Life Groups would be bold as they begin to step into the streets of our city, love our people, and declare the name of Jesus.

May we be known as followers of Jesus who thrive outside the walls of a church building. May we be known as followers of Jesus who "go to them."

May we dare to follow Jesus outside our walls.


Want more info?

As Fall approaches, there are a lot of details and moving parts to make this transition happen, and I'm sure there are plenty of questions to be asked. I encourage you to join us at our Open House on August 13th @ 2pm, where we will further discuss our vision as a ministry, the details of this exciting transition, and how it will affect all of us!

 

WRITTEN BY: BRADEN COLLUM
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