FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: The Trinity of First Place
Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced loss of hope, bitterness or deeply hurt by putting our trust in someone who let us down. These things happen to us because we don't have our priorities set in the right order. All we have to do is look at our example, Jesus Christ, and see how He prioritized His life. We find there is a Trinity, or three things that must be in first place in order for us live life to the fullest and abundantly. ~Walker
Put Trust in God first. “Jesus did not commit Himself to them.....for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). It's not that Jesus didn't Trust people, He just Trusted in God FIRST. That is why He never became bitter, suspicious, or lost hope in anyone. He trusted absolutely in what God's grace could do for mankind. If we put our trust first in other people instead of God, we are expecting them to be absolutely perfect and right all the time. This is a wrong priority and will put us on the road to bitterness. We should never put our Trust in ourselves or in anyone else first; We should put our Trust in nothing except the grace of God.
Put God's Will first. “Behold, I have come to do your Will, O God” (Hebrews 10:9). As humans, we tend to be obedient to what WE see as a need. Jesus was obedient to only one thing, and that was the Will of His Father. We run around crying out, “We better get busy!! There are people in our community dying without knowing God. We must go tell them about Him!!”. But before we can meet the “needs” of others, we must meet the “needs” of God and His Will in our own life first. Jesus said, “....tarry.....until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). We must wait until we have the right relationship to the “needs” of God and His Will in our personal life before we can help others. When God's “needs” (a Loving Relationship with Him) have been met in us, then He will open the door for us to accomplish His Will and His “needs” in others.
Put God's Son first. “Whosoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5). God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to all of mankind. Are we His “Bethlehem”? Are we allowing His Spirit to come into our personal life the way He expects? Then , and only then, can we allow our natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God. ~Oswald Chambers
We must always remember that God's ultimate purpose is that His Son may be seen and exhibited in all of us. My prayer for you today is that you will get your priorities straight: Put your Trust in God First; Put God's Will first; Put God's Son first. All other things in your life will fall into place much better if you remember the Trinity of first place. Have a blessed day. ~Walker