- Joe Norton
First Things First (9/27/2020)
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers?” (3 John 2).
John rather sets up a balance for the life of every Christian when he writes to his brother in Christ, Gaius, in this passage. Gaius evidently already has a strong spiritual component in his life, but John prays that Gaius may also prosper “in all things.”
“All things” would include all aspects of Gaius’ life: financial, emotional, familial, relational, and occupational in addition to his physical health. And, since John speaks by inspiration, we know God has the same interest in all aspects of our lives.
This verse, as well as others throughout scripture, makes it clear that our spiritual component must have top priority in our lives if God is to be pleased.
The message is that life balance is important, but we must always be sure to put first things first—we must keep our priorities in order. God comes first, and then we organize the rest of our lives around Him.