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Jesus First!

Colossians 1:17

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

112015 Ray McDonaldSo – how’s your Prayer/Fast going? I would love to read some comments on how your fast is going and how God is speaking to you through your prayer time. My fast is so-so at this point. I am still deciding what else to fast from since I changed my mind about Social Media for ministry purposes. My prayer life is growing each day.

Being more intentional about putting Jesus first in our lives is so very important. Times like our Prayer/Fast help to draw us to this truth. The more we remove the secular things from our lives – the more we add spiritual things to our lives – the closer we get to Jesus – and putting Him first. Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Colossians 1:15-20 – 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

The sooner we realize that Jesus should be first in our lives – the better. He was first in creation – He should be first in our lives – just saying.

How do we put Jesus first? A slogan we have used often – and we have even handed out the bracelets – is WWJD – What Would Jesus Do. Seriously asking ourselves that simple slogan is a major step in putting Jesus first in our lives. When we are making a life decision – where to go to college – where to live – who to marry – etc. – we should ask ourselves – What Would Jesus Do.

Let’s use college as an example. One school has an amazing campus – we fall in love with it. Another college has an amazing department with our major and we fall in love with the professors we meet. Another seems to have a lot of something else that we fall in love with as we visit. How do we decide? Now I know college is for our education and development as a person – preparing for a career – a life – but – what about asking the question – which college or environment will help me develop as a Christian – as a follower of Christ? Did we look into the Chapel services on campus or off campus? Did we meet with any campus Christian groups? Did we consider distance from home and the support of our church family and actual family? Did we pray about which college to attend and ask God for wisdom? After all – how we develop our walk with Jesus should be first and foremost in our thinking as a Christian.

We can use this process for most anything in our lives. Where to work? Where to live? Who to date or marry? Most any decision we make – we could pray for wisdom and seek how this decision will impact our faith walk.

In selecting a place to worship and develop relationships – did we seek the place closets to our home – the one with the most stuff for us – the one that had the style of worship we wanted – or did we look for the place where we thought we would grow closer to Christ?

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series titled – The Elements of Worship. We will search out what worship is all about and examine how we are doing in our worship at FUMC and our private worship as well. If you live near Laurel – join us at 8:15 or 11:00 am on Sunday morning. If you don’t live close – check out our audio recordings at http://fumcl.org/sermons/.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 12, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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