Giving Jesus First Place
By giving Jesus first place we will experience many blessings in life. These blessings will include the following:
- We will find rest for our souls. (Ps. 23:2). This will allow a quiet spirit to take over. The noise of worldly distractions will decrease and allow the assurance of our Father’s love and support. After this we will be able to better discern what God is saying to us without being distracted by all the noise of the world around us.
- A stronger faith: Studying Scripture will enlarge our view of God and give us insight and direction. Reading how the Lord has helped others, we will gain confidence that He is at our side, enabling us to meet life’s demands. Our faith will grow as we follow His direction and watch how He works on our behalf.
- When we read the Bible, it reflects back to us who we truly are resulting in a purified heart. This will allow us to see the areas of change needed in our lives. When we confess our sin, God promises to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
- As humans we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but God does. He wants to prepare us for the future—both the joyous times and the hard ones. Through the Holy Spirit’s ministry, we will be equipped for whatever life brings (2 Peter 1:3). This will result in us having a prepared mind.
As in the Bible, Paul’s life demonstrates what it means to give Jesus first place. Because the apostle made Christ the Lord of his life (Gal. 2:20), he knew joy amid trials and received the strength to face turmoil and difficulty. These blessings will also be ours when we give highest priority to our relationship with Jesus.
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Yours In Christ
Tom Snowden, Chaplain
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16