“Not only [did they give materially] as we had hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us…”
– 2 Cor.8:5 (AMP, emphasis added)
The truth is that he/she didn’t change the day you said yes to him/her, you saw the signs and indicators were obvious but you chose to ignore or overlook them. A friend of mine was sharing with me about a lady he met, very beautiful, no exaggeration. Do you know how the Bible described Rebekah? That she was fair to look upon, you can say this of her. But my friend was concerned more about her spiritual condition than the outward appearance. This lady felt that my friend was too spiritual for her liking and he talks too much about him always going for church meetings. So, my friend had to let her go for some reasons. I’m sure some of us have found ourselves in situations like this one, where we have to make some painful decisions on whether to overlook and go on or just let go and expect a better one. I know of relationships which came to an end because to the guy the lady is not intelligent or brilliant enough and a case where the lady had to let go because the guy wasn’t encouraging her to dream big in regards her career. But how many of us can end a relationship because that relationship isn’t helping or encouraging us to grow spiritually? Or the thought of this has not crossed your mind yet?
When you know that you are first His, then you will come to understand that relationship that doesn’t encourage your walk and work with God should not be given a second thought. Many have strayed out of God’s plan and purpose because they held too firmly to a relationship that they weren’t supposed to. I don’t joke with my service to God. The gospel is my number one priority and I don’t place anyone or anything above that but rather, my relationship with God reflects on every aspect of my living. It is because I have first learned to give myself to God, that’s why I can easily commit myself to the people He brings to my path. My relationship with God is what changed my perception of life and people. I see things differently. I won’t trade my relationship with God for anyone or anything, because He is the reason I live.
Understanding like this affects the way we think and act. For some of us, it may not be in the area of our relationship because we might have successfully navigated through that, it could be in respect to our jobs, career, pleasures and the like. We hold to these things too firmly that they’ve robbed us of our devotion and fellowship to God, and where there is no fellowship there is no direction. I love research, that’s one of my areas. So, I met a senior colleague in the field, I intended to work with Him and he was proposing that there are times when I will have to be on the field on Sundays. That took me off. I couldn’t take it any further. Sundays may not mean anything to him but to me, it’s not just a day, it’s a commitment I have made to God to always be available to serve! In as much as I love to do research, I’m first His and it implies that if I have to give it up for the sake of the gospel then I would gladly do that.
Why pursue things at the expense of God and you claim that it is God who wants you to do them. We spend hours praying to see miracles happen through us, to get a good job, to be prosperous, for the deal to click, we are carried away by the things He does when He wants us to be carried away by Him. He wants us to spend time with Him just to enjoy Him. When this mind is in you, knowing that you are first His, then you will come to understand that before you make any decision, your first consideration is the gospel. Christianity was birthed through sacrifice and if you are not willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the gospel then you are not ready to serve. What we are benefiting today in Christendom came as a result of the sacrifices men and women in ages past made, they stripped themselves of so many things so that you and I can have what we have today. So, what sacrifice are you willing to make for the sake of the gospel? What will you be ready to give up so that the work of the gospel can be propagated through you? This is why you live – for Him and not for anyone or anything.
I’m first His…
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