Living in the Spirit … Helps Me Set Priorities

Mustard Seed Daily Devotion

In the Word

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (Romans 8:5).

Of the Word

To Do List: ball game at 6:30; roast in slow cooker; library books due; package to post office; laundry.

Sound familiar? Most busy people make lists. Why? Important tasks may be forgotten without a reminder. Some go even further, utilizing the latest method to prioritize those lists.

Does devotional time make our list? Do we set aside time for prayer, Bible study, worship? Too many times those are the very things that slip by because the "to do" list is already too long. St. Paul reminds us, Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Keeping in step with the Spirit includes seeking God's will for our lives, even as we make the daily "to-do" list. Living in the Spirit includes keeping our minds set on His desires for us. Can we do it alone? No, but the Spirit is with us to give aid. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13a).

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, I am faced with daily challenges, and my schedule is often crowded with too many tasks to accomplish in too little time. Help me to set priorities according to Your will and purpose for my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Living in the Spirit. Authors: Marcia Gomulka, Dcs. Betty Knapp, Myrna Lou Meyer. 11/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

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