“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:10 ASV
Gale Sayers had this attitude towards his priorities. ” I am third.” In a world where almost everyone is looking out for number one, he stood out and made the claim, I am third. A couple years back a group came out called I am Second. But this man said I am third.
When we look at our priorities in light of who God is, it is sometimes hard for us to justify what we are doing with our lives. If you were to break down you week or month into what we do it would surprise you just how little time compared to everything else we might be spending with God. Now if you have become a person and believer who is walking with God all day it may be hard to put a specific number in it. But in general we don’t have our priorities where they need to be.
So I am third, relates to Jesus response to the young rich ruler, the greatest commandment, first was to love the Lord your God with all you heart. If priority number one isn’t God, then what is? Second was to love your neighbor as yourself, are you treating others as they have second priority in your life. How important would they feel if their needs outweighed your own. Third is us. I am third. We do need to take care of ourselves, but our pleasures, and tribal things shouldn’t take precedence over God. All to often God is moved not third place only visited when needed or once a week.
So what do we change? We need to make God number one in our lives. How do we do that? It is in how we live our lives, the way we interact with people, how we spend our time, prayer, study, worship. If we don’t take time for him, we will be missing many opportunities to serve. He is preparing yo for amazing things, take advantage of them. As Gods workmanship he wants you to be effective in the mission of sharing his desire for relationship with others.
Jesus, if you are not number one in my life, I want to aploigize, please forgive me, you need to be the most important thing in my life, then everything else will center around that. I am your workmanship and I don’t want to abuse what you have given me. Help me to be effective in reaching others showing genuine love for them. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen