Priorities in Establishing a Home

The Barna Group recently surveyed Protestant Senior Pastors ministry priorities for the coming year. Overall, 12 different ministry emphases were listed by at least 3% of the pastors. The top priorities were discipleship and spiritual development (47%); evangelism and outreach … More

Priorities

The following topics are discussed in this section:

  1. Partiality in judging (vv. 23-26) -  It is never good to operate on preferences when making judgments of people. To judge between persons on the basis of preference is to turn justice into injustice.
  2. Priorities in establishing  a home (v. 27)- A person needs to be certain that a well-ordered life has been established before entering into marriage. Think of all the problems in marriages that could be avoided today if this principle was followed. There are so many  young couples who get married without even thinking about how they are going to pay their bills.
  3. Principles of false witnessing (vv. 28-29)- To appear as a witness against your neighbor to get revenge is certainly wrong. The servant of the Lord must place all retribution in His hands for he hath said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay .. .” (Romans 12:19).
  4. Problems related to laziness (vv. 30-34) - The writer makes some observations about laziness and draws some conclusions about its consequences. The field of a lazy person is filled with thorns. There is fruit and the walls of stone are broken  down. The weeds of evil habits will have overtaken his life and he is destined for ruin. Staying in bed and resting when it is time to work leads to poverty.

Application

In my many years of life and ministry I have had to stop and evaluate my life and ministry often. It is so easy to get side tracked and run down rabbit trails. It is always best to keep my mind focused on the Lord and seeking his direction day by day (Matt. 6:33). (Lou Nicholes - Missionary/Author).

Proverbs 24:23-34 (English Standard Version)

These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good. Whoever says to the wicked, "You are in the right," will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done." I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

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