“Understanding What Really Matters”
By Zach Wood
Philippians 1:9-11 NLT
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
I had many mentors throughout the years of my young life take the time to instill great advice and wisdom in me. Whether it was my family, teachers at school, or youth sponsors at church, many took the time to teach me new and important things in life. Their wisdom helped me to understand what really mattered in life. When I would get off-course, they would lovingly nudge me to re-focus where I needed to be.
We all have had people, whom we love and appreciate, take the time to steer us in the right direction. We all need people who will care enough to help us understand what really matters. We need proper instructions so that we don’t go off-course. Understanding what really matters is vital to living a life of purpose. We don’t want to forget what matters and live the wrong way. However, so many of us end up going a direction we shouldn’t. Fortunately, we have loving friends and families who will see what’s happening and speak into our lives when we need it most.
We have so many different situations in life where we need to understand what is important. What should really matter to us? This is a question we truly need to be faced with every single day. We need to understand what really matters.
Paul wanted to make sure that people understood what really mattered. It was to love each other as Christ loved the church. Wow! What would be more important than that? Nothing! Loving one another is what is most important. Jesus Christ gave His life for us so that we could understand what mattered most. As we are celebrating Easter this weekend, we celebrate the greatest love to ever walk this earth. Jesus wanted us to grasp what really matters…Love. He gave us the greatest demonstration and lesson of love. What could be greater?
I need to understand what matters most. Every day, I need to be reminded that the way I love my family and others matters more than anything. They need to see God’s love through me. Jesus giving His life for us and being resurrected is the greatest story of love. Do we really understand what matters most?
May the love of Christ be all that truly matters in our lives as we seek to share His love with the world.