In listing the sacrifices that the Israelites were to bring to the tabernacle, a repeated phrase kept jumping out at me:
…in addition to the regular burnt offering…
There was one daily offering that was necessary every day, then there were other offerings that were additional.
Here’s the principle:
The additional should never take the place of the necessary if the additional is crowding out the necessary.
There are some things that are necessary for me every day: my devotional time, my personal prayer life, time with my wife, time with my kids, and a few other necessaries.
There are some things that are additional for me: a church project, a community event, a committee or club. You get the idea.
There is nothing wrong with the additional UNLESS the additional is crowding out the necessary.
What is necessary for you? What are the additional things you have added?
Always remember: The additional should never take the place of the necessary. If your additional is crowding out your necessary, it’s time to make some changes.