Faith Conversation: Priorities

By Max Lucado
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What's your priority in life? Are you open to following Christ's direction and giving up your own plans? This devotion gives you and your spouse questions to start a conversation about the topic.

Take time to talk about Philippians 1 as a couple. Read the chapter together or individually, then focus your discussion on the verses, questions and notes below.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

  • What are the five most important things in your life? What does this list reveal about your priorities?
  • What does it mean to live for Christ today?
  • What will you gain by seeing Christ face to face?

The apostle Paul, who penned the book of Philippians, is a great role model for us. He absolutely refused to pursue his own agenda, because he saw himself as a mere servant of Christ. He made plans, but he held them in an open hand. When hard times came, his response wasn’t to pout. It was to yield to God’s authority by humbly saying, “Thy will be done.”

Commentary adapted from Life Lessons:Philippians by Max Lucado. Copyright © 2007, Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

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About the Author

Max Lucado

Max Lucado is an award-winning, best-selling author whose books have sold more than 65 million copies. He is the only author to have won the Christian Book of the Year award three times. Since 1988, Lucado has been serving as a preaching minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX. He and his wife, Denalyn, have three grown daughters.

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