Lauren became a Christian after a wonderful week away at the church holiday club. Until then, she'd had no idea how much God loved her and that he wanted a relationship with her. It was incredible! She was thrilled when the leaders presented her with a Bible and she promised God she'd read it every it every day.

When she got home, Lauren volunteered to help out at Kids’ Club and joined the youth group. Being a Christian meant so much to Lauren and wanted to tell everyone and anyone about Jesus.

The following year Lauren started a new school, and over the next few years, things changed. Lauren made lots of friends and joined the drama group. She got the lead role in the school play but had to give up Kids’ Club as she had too many researsals . Soon Lauren was missing church , as her boss at the restaurant wanted her to work Sundays. Even reading her  Bible was difficult with all the homework she got.

In RE class one day, Lauren's teacher asked if anyone was a Christian. As Lauren raised her hand , her best friend Anna laughed. “Very funny, ” she said , “there's no way you're a Christian”. Lauren was so shocked that she put her hand down and said nothing. She couldn't believe her closest friend had no idea she was a Christian.

At home that night, Lauren took out her Bible. Tears filled her eyes. She realised God wasn't her  top priority any more; He wasn't even in the top ten. Friends, school, her job, the play -they had all taken the place that God once had in her life.  

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son: He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ banquet.’“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” - [ Matthew 22:1-14]

Conclusively, in Matthew 22:1-14 above , Jesus tells a parable that helps us come to the same conclusions as Lauren: the most important thing in our lives is our relationship with God and how we live. How different were Lauren's priorities to that of wedding gifts? The king had a guest thrown out of the feast because he wasn't dressed properly. In what way do you think Lauren may not like a Christian to her friends? What your priorities are. Does God come first? How you can remind yourself that God is top priority. Try looking at how you spend your time each day. How much is spent on God?

For more, see…
  • Matthew 22:37-38
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • Luke 10:38-42