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Friday, May 26, 2017

Think About It

Who’s On First?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

“Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else” (Mark 9:35b)

We live in a world that being on top seems to be important. Being number one in your class, sports, or just being on top of your game are all expressions that we are familiar with. No one wants to be second. Businesses compete to be number one in sales. Competition abounds in every aspect of our world, yet Jesus said that if you wanted to be first, you must be last. Isn’t that contrary to the teachings of this world?

There are many people that consider themselves to be Christian, yet do our actions portray this? Can one mix their faith with their business and life’s interests and make them congruent? Perhaps you might remember the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”? It’s a movie about putting goodwill before profit, serving the customer first, and the corporation last. Many who have seen this classic would agree that it depicts the real meaning of Christmas and the Christian ethic. Sadly we often don’t live as our faith dictates. Instead we get caught up in the concerns and affairs of this world. Life and its pressures take first place. We spend our time getting ahead, making more money, having more pleasure only to die and give it all to someone else. Sort of like the dog that chases its own tail, always moving but never accomplishing anything.

Jesus plainly teaches that life isn’t about us; it’s about God the Father and others. To this end Jesus stated that the greatest command was to love God, the second was to love one’s neighbor, (Mt 22:37-39). Did you know that the cares and pleasures of this world will drown out the message of God to your ears and your heart Luke 8:14? Our life, the one we’re living, isn’t about this life, it’s about eternity. That’s what we have been created for. Someone once said that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. When I grasp that my life goes beyond this earthly experience I am in a better position to understand the importance of being last. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Amen! Thank you!