In this busy world we live in today, it is important for us to take a moment to think about putting first things first. We are pulled in so many different directions: family, kids, work, school, friends, entertainment, sports, etc. It becomes difficult to keep our priorities in check to put the most important things at the top of our “First Things First” list. Our prayer is that we will choose as Joshua did when he said, “For me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Keeping to the idea of conforming to the image of Christ, Romans 8:29, let us examine Philippians 2:3-11. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others.” (vs. 3-4) In Matthew 26:36-46, we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus, knowing the suffering and pain that was to come, was more concerned for the interest of others than for himself.
In order for us to conform to the life and image of Christ, we must put away self and learn to serve others. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (vs. 5-7) John 13:1-35 tells us about Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (vs. 8) In order for us to conform to the image of Christ, we must learn to become obedient to the will of God. The Hebrew writer tells us in 2:14-15, “All humiliation and suffering were endured to rescue man from the consequences of sin, death, and destruction from the presence of God forever.” Paul counted all the things he had accomplished in his life as rubbish in order to be found righteous in the sight of God. (Philippians 3:7-14) When we keep first things first, we will not let the things of this world keep us from doing the will of God. “But we will press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (vs. 9-11) There are few verses in the Bible that are more powerful than these three. Keeping first things first, Jesus left all the powers and glory of heaven to do the will of God in order to save us from our sins.
Nothing can be added to these three verses to make it any more plain. Someday, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. It is our prayer that anyone reading this message will explore the word of God and come to Christ before it is everlasting too late. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
By: Wade Cole