Who is #1 in your life? Who is most important? We are often encouraged to take care of ourselves first, but Scripture gives us a different set of priorities.
The first commandment listed in Exodus 20 is to have no other gods before the Lord God and Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek the Kingdom first. God is clearly to be our first priority.
Jesus tells us that loving God is the first and greatest commandment and goes on to tell us the second commandment is to love others. (Matthew 22:37-39) There’s nothing there about having a high self-esteem or looking out for #1.
That doesn’t mean we don’t take proper care of our bodies as the Lord’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), but it does mean we need to think of others and not just look to our own interests.
It means I’m #3 and not #1.
My husband preached on this topic yesterday, using Philippians 2:3-11 as his text. To encourage each of us to model ourselves after Christ’s example, Jay issued a challenge with four suggested behaviors.
Challenge for this week:
- Let someone else go first.
- Do something for nothing.
- Be interested in someone you just met.
- Be proud of your humility. (Meaning, don’t be ashamed of being last.)
from Jay Russell’s sermon on Philippians 2:3-11
How do you remind yourself to put Christ and others ahead of yourself? When do you find it hardest to do?
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