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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Think About It

Who’s On First?
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?

Probably most that read this would consider themselves to be Christian. Yet do our actions portray this? Or can’t one mix their faith with their business and life’s interests? The old movie “Miracle on 34th Street” is 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. 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). Your life is not 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 :

Elaine said...

Thanks Pastor Bernie for always sharing the truth of God's word. If we could all just learn to love one another, the rest would fall into place. I look forward to your teaching each week. Miss you both.
May you have a blessed Christmas and New Year.