This word indicates priority, before all else, above any other. God is to be first in our lives. We are to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, with nothing having a higher priority (Ex 20:3-6;

 Is God first in my life?

Mk 12:30). Consciously and actively put God first in your life then He will provide whatever is necessary for you – He will provide for our need not greed   (Mt 6:33; Phil 4:19). Regularly examine your life to ensure He is in that rightful position. Obey God first, rather than as a last resort when your own effort has failed and there are no other options. Be like the Macedonian churches who gave themselves first to God, then to others through the collection for the Jerusalem church (2 Cor 8:5).

Those that exalt and put themselves first will be humbled (Mt 19:30).

See also: idol/idolatry, priority.


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