• Dale Ridge

Elder's Corner - March 31st

First Things First!

First things First, we use this phrase in almost every aspect of decision making. Maybe we are more familiar with “don’t put the cart before the horse”? Whether it is building a house, the foundation must be first. If it’s repairing a car, we must determine what needs repaired first. When it comes to the welfare of our families, it’s first things first. To play golf, you must have golf clubs first. The Bible teaches us to “count the cost first” before attempting anything. Goals are often never achieved for lack of planning.

Jesus shares with us His great desire, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). This is the “First things First” philosophy. We are told to put the Lord first in everything we do. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”. Matt 6:33) Paul, by inspiration put it another way, “I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service” (Romans 12:1). The KJV translated this as “reasonable” service. This assumes that we Love God, because what you truly love, is first in our lives. Have you ever thought of why baseball rules put first base first before second, third or home? It’s because first things are always first. Try putting first base where second base should be, let me know how that works out?

Spring is nearly here, summer is a time of many more activities than winter. As we go about our daily lives, let’s remember our commitment to the creator. As the days get longer, let us be active, but let us put “first things first”. When evaluate each moment and use it to the best of our ability to glorify God, making Him first is always the best decision. Keep this prayer on our minds: “Lord, lead me to one soul today”.

- Rob, for the Elders


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