Who’s #1?

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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4 responses to “Who’s #1?

  1. Everything that we have is from God….and I mean everything. 🙂 I am so thankful to Him for healing my body years ago so I could have children and for bringing me the most amazing man to spend my adult life with. We now have a beautiful family and are enjoying our grown children and our grandchildren. 🙂


  2. As to your first question, in my church/denomination/culture we try to take the Scriptures literally when possible so following I Cor 11:2-16 we cover our head as a symbol of God’s order of headship. We wear our hair in a bun covered by a tulle prayer cover or cap/kapp.

    Everything in life is God-orchestrated, even trials..delays…impatient moments. We are made better by how we deal with what is put in our path.


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