Monday, December 30, 2013

Giving God First Place!

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. (Prov. 8:22) 

If some corporate position is the god of your life, then something terrible occurs within when it is no longer a future possibility. If your career, however, is simply a part of God's plan and you keep it in proper perspective, you can handle a demotion just as well as you can handle a promotion. It all depends on who's first and what's first. 

Breaking the magnet that draws things ahead of God is a lengthy and sometimes painful process. There is a line found in the Jewish Talmud that puts it well: "Man is born with his hands clenched; he dies with them wide open. Entering life, he desires to grasp everything; leaving the world, all he possessed has slipped away." . . . 

Just remember: Whatever is in first place, if it isn't Christ alone, it is in the wrong place. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity  

My dear friends, have you given God first place in your life? Have you given God first place in your sphere of influence? Have you ever asked anyone around you if they have ever done the same? These are very fair questions that will test not only the validity of your relationship with God, but will also reveal what you give more priority to. 

All of us (myself included) have either inadvertently or directly given more priority to something or someone over God. Given our sinful nature, it's always the flesh's natural tendency to want to do whatever it is we want to do regardless of the consequences in our relationship with God and with those around us. Having the ability to function independent is both a blessing and potentially (if left unchecked) a curse. 

I have been around Christians who have a very healthy outlook to their independence while at the same time functioning well around others without asserting themselves over others. On the other hand, I have also been around Christians who are so independent that they have a very difficult time in not only having relationships, but even more importantly, maintaining relationships. Jesus is the chief example of someone who not only gave His Father first place in His life, but as a result of His intimate relationship with His Father, He was also able to have very healthy relationships with those around Him. The key word here is interdependence

Let us pray friends that God will instill in us a very healthy perspective on what it means to be interdependent on each each other without denying ourselves the right to be independent. It's also very important that we can also be aware of not being overly dependent (clingy) as well. I personally value my independence while at the same time value being able to be dependent upon certain people very close to me. Maintaining that healthy balance is what allows us to experience interdependence.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to give Him first place in your life. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)