This phrase from Jesus came on the heels of Zacchaeus’ quick change of heart. Zacchaeus was despised, and yet Jesus declared salvation. Zacchaeus’ priorities were different. When we come into a saving relationship with Jesus, our priorities change too.
When I had children, my priorities changed immediately. I used to enjoy golfing, but with a little one in diapers, spending four hours away from the house by myself was incredibly selfish. I used to play a fair amount of sand volleyball, but again, that began to pale in comparison to time with my wife and little baby boy. When I had a child, my priorities drastically changed.
When salvation comes to you, things change. You are no longer the person in control of your life. The person now in control is Jesus. It might not happen immediately, or as starkly as it did with Zacchaeus, but the person saved by Jesus lives to please Him. As James, the brother of Jesus, put it, “Faith without works is dead.” Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, salvation was brought to him, and his “works” were immediately different.
Jesus wants what is absolutely best for you. Do your current priorities reflect a belief in this?
Make a list of the people or things that take up the bulk of your time and attention. Pray over this list, and ask Jesus to reorder them as needed.