Put first things first

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be smart, be strategic”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Put first things first”
 
Back in the 1990s the #1 self-help book in the nation was “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. It was not a Christian book but it was insightful and it was helpful. According to Covey, habit number three of highly effective people is that they have learned to put first things first. In other words, they have identified those things in life that are most important to them, and they make sure those things get their first and best attention. Everything else comes after that.
 
In 2002 the best-selling self-help book was “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren. This was a Christian book, and it too was based upon putting first things first, but this one identified for us what the most important thing in life is (or “who” it is). The most important person in our life is Jesus Christ, and the most important thing in life is our relationship with Him. Everything else comes after that. Everything else comes out of that. It’s not until Jesus is first in our life that everything else in life will find its proper place.
 
For decades the most popular evangelistic tract was “The Four Spiritual Laws” published by Campus Crusade for Christ. That tract used an illustration of a circle, representing the human heart, with a throne in the center of the circle. In one example we see “self” on the throne in the heart, and all the rest of the things in life (illustrated by small dashes) were depicted in an unorganized and chaotic swarm all around the throne. In the second example we see Christ on the throne in the heart, and all the other things of life are surrounding the throne, but now aligned in perfect order. The lesson was that when Christ occupies His proper position on the throne in your heart, all the rest of life can then assume its proper place.
 
If you’re simply seeking worldly success, then Stephen Covey’s book might be all you need. But if your desire is to have the life that God wants for you, then you need Jesus. This is the first thing. Get this right and all the rest of life can then assume its proper place.
 
I encourage you to put first things first. Put Jesus first.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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