Saturday, April 30, 2016

May 1, 2016

If you want to be great you must find a way to be third.

How do I know if I'm third?

You know you're when you are sure that God is first!

"On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37

God must be first in your commitments. The Samaritan was a busy man who was traveling from somewhere to somewhere else but when he saw a neighbor in need he made time to stop and help.

Where does God rate in your time priorities. Jesus is saying in this parable, "If God isn't first in your commitments He is first."

And if he isn't first you are not third.

Secondly, if God isn’t first in your compassion He isn’t first in your heart.

If he is not first in your life then you are not third.

When you love God most you will care about what He most cares about.

When you love God most you will share His love with those who need it most.

When you love God most you subordinate your needs to the needs of others.

When you love God most you expect Him to lead you to people He can love through you. When He is first and you are third that will happen often.

How would it up your game if you cared most about what God cares most about?

Have you given God first place in your life?