And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself” . . . Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Genesis 3:8-10, 21 NKJV
Many people are so confused and disorganized, where they are not able to decide what is more important, and what needs attention first in life—but not God. Every since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden, God’s priority has been actively seeking those separated from Him by the consequences of sin. God’s priority is to save the lost sinner. God’s priority for Adam and Eve was to first cloth their sinful nakedness with the skins of animals. The blood of animals was shed to picture how the Lord Jesus, as the Lamb of God, should die for sin, that we might be clothed with righteousness (Rev. 13:3; Heb. 9:22).
Priority means putting first things first in the order of things. Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). Why? If we are God’s priority, then it’s a small thing for us to make Him our priority. God further demonstrated that sinful man was His priority when He sent Jesus in the fullness of time to be born of a woman to redeem us (Gal. 4:4-5), as the Lamb of God who would take away our sin (John 1:29). God’s priority was to send Jesus and His Gospel for the sole purpose of salvation—not condemnation (John 3:16-17), first to the Jew and then to the Gentile.
For example, Jesus always put first things first. When He entered Jericho and was passing through, Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector and a sinner— because of the crowd—ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus coming that way. But Jesus saw him first and called to him to come down out of the tree because salvation had come to his house. Why? Zacchaeus, too, was a son of Abraham (Jew). Jesus told him that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus could have first ministered to the sick and even cast out devils, but Zacchaeus’ salvation was God’s priority.
Although is God’s priority to save all, not all will be saved (2 Peter 3:9). Some will reject the atoning blood of the Lamb of God, and refuse to be covered in God’s righteousness. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ, you can “greatly rejoice in the Lord, [your] soul shall be joyful in [your] God; for He has clothed [you] with garments of salvation, He has covered [you] with the robe of righteousness . . .” (Isa. 61:10). Salvation of sinful man is God’s priority!