1) 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -
Eternal salvation is the most important issue in
human life. Our support, participation, and prayer related to the
Gospel are first in the order of life. Compare Luke 12:16-21, 33.
2) 1 Peter 2:2 - Growing into
our salvation is the second most important
order in human life. The necessity of milk to a new-born describes this
spiritual life or spiritual death issue! Compare the word "live" in
3) James 1:22-25 - Applying,
on a moment by moment basis, God's Word which
we have in our souls is the third most important issue in human life--also the
most time consuming. This results in more eternal blessing for the
Christian. Compare James 1:11-12; Galatians 6:6-10; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18;
1 Timothy 4:8; 6:17-19; and Colossians 3:1-4.
4) God, marriage, family, work
then play is a Biblical logical “order of
importance in life.” God is first in our lives because He gave us life and
eternal life (1-3 above and Matthew 10:37). Marriage is second in our
lives because it is a one flesh relationship (Genesis 2:18, 2:24 and
Ephesians 5:28-29). Family is third because it originates from the one
flesh relationship (Genesis 1:27-28 and Ephesians 6:1-4). Work is fourth
because it supports marriage and family life (1 Timothy 5:8, 5:14 and
Proverbs 31:27). When God, marriage, family and work are given proper
order in life, then one will be able to enjoy play as time allows.