” For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ JESUS.”
1 Timothy 2:5 KJV
“And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together). He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be preeminent].”
Colossians 1:17-18 AMP
JESUS must be first in our lives, there’s no question about that. The first person we talk to as we awake, the first we consult when decisions need to be made, the first we run to when we’re hurt etc. However, putting JESUS first in life is not ‘something’ as easy as arriving at a final destination, nor is it achieved overnight. Rather, it is more like a series of continuous conscious effort of yielding to the Word of God and promptings of the Holy Spirit moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day…until it becomes our lifestyle.
When training for a 5km marathon for example, a newbie runner doesn’t take off and run the whole distance at the first trial – except a super newbie of course :). Rather, training commences with running several short distances, increased at intervals. On achieving the ability to run 5km without breaks or passing out, training would probably be more towards timing now. At this point, it is easier to run. Now during training, the shoes may give out and need replacement, there may be diversions on the training route due to emergencies etc, but the thought of running 5km wouldn’t be as daunting as the first time round (pardon my simplistic analysis and presumption, I’ve never run a marathon…yet 😀).
There may be slips in the journey towards allowing JESUS to reign supreme in your life, but keep pushing on and it will get easier, as your mind is renewed with the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2) and your perception of God’s voice strengthens (John 10:27; Romans 8:14-16). Keep on keeping on; don’t get discouraged 🙂
Remember, JESUS is the Eternal Living Word of God who was made manifest in the flesh, and we have an accurate documentation of the whole process in the written Word of God, the BIBLE (John 1:1-2,14, 5:39; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 19:13; Hebrews 1). The HOLY SPIRIT, our standby Helper and Comforter, was/is given to remind us of the truth and teachings of JESUS, as written in the BIBLE, amongst His other roles (John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; 16:13-15). So as we yield to His promptings which we know would not contradict the Bible/Scripture, we allow JESUS take preeminence – be first, in our lives.
Genesis 5 talks about Enoch walking with God for 300 years, but he lived 65 years prior to that and it wasn’t recorded that he walked with God during that time (Genesis 5:21-24). IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN WALKING WITH GOD! No matter what state you might find yourself in, don’t be disheartened; start where you are.
It seems the birth of Methuselah had something to do with Enoch walking with God. Maybe he was frustrated at not having a child till he was 65, I don’t know. However, the decision he made to walk with God is the reason he never saw death, and lived a life that pleased God (Hebrews 11:5). The decision we make to be born again and live our lives for Jesus is the guarantee that we’ll not see the second death (Revelation 20:6), and would be raptured – caught up with Jesus Christ, should He return in our lifetime (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
Commit yourself to Jesus! Start walking with Him by giving your life over to Him (Meet Jesus) and taking several steps towards ensuring He is first in your life. You do this by letting the Word of God have the final say in your life – asking what the Word says concerning every situation that confronts and concerns you. This would involve time spent searching the scriptures, memorising and meditating on them, prayer, fellowshipping with other brethren at a local assembly/Church where the Word of God is rightly taught (Joshua 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42)
Commit yourself to finding out what God requires of you in His Word, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 14:26) and then practice what you learn (James 1:22). Spend time in worship, where your sole focus of attention is on God as you talk and sing to Him (Revelation 4:8-11; Acts 13:2). Learn to be still and quiet before God, and allow Him fellowship with you; He longs for your fellowship (Psalm 46:10; Habakkuk 3:1).
JESUS IS WAITING FOR YOU! Do not disappoint Him today!
God bless you 😀
© Lydia for PneumaWord