Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:24-26
God First What does it mean to put God first? Lots of believers try to put God first, but get focused on their sins. We look at our pride, anger or lust and grieve over it. Now that’s important. But if you continue dwelling on your sin or your compromise, you may think you’re being holy, but you’re not putting God first. When you focus on your sins, you’re putting your sins first and you’re still focusing on yourself. Now, again, there’s a place for holy conviction, but repent and move on with it. Do you want to put God first? Then put Him first over your sins, problems, worries, fears, even over the fact that you haven’t been putting Him first. Dwell on Him and forget yourself. Look at His glory and beauty and get lost in His awesomeness. Forget your shame and ugliness and get lost in His Righteousness that covers you. Put God first in your heart and soul. Dwell on Him, because if He’s first in your life, He’ll be first in your thoughts. It begins when you put Him first and forget about yourself.
Today’s Mission – Put aside whatever has been taking His place in your heart, mind and life. Get your eyes off of everything else, even yourself, and get lost in Him.