First Things First

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33).

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent” (Rev. 2:4-5).

I think sometimes we are guilty of getting things out of order of priority in our lives. We put things that should be last in first place and those things that should be in first place get shoved into last place. God wants us to make him first place in our lives and to make his kingdom and his righteousness first place in our lives, too.

He wants us to be holy, i.e. to be set apart (unlike; different) from the world, and to be set apart for him and for his service. He died that we might no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave himself up for us (See 2 Co. 5:15). May we always seek him and his will for our lives first, and then the other things of our lives will fall into place.

First Things First
An Original Work / April 27, 2011

First things first! Last things last!
Will you be the first to love others?
Will you follow Jesus, the Lamb?
Will you witness, dispelling darkness?
Will you be the light to the world?
Show the world how much
Jesus loves them.
That’s why He died for their sins.

I love God! He loves me!
I will follow Him where he leads me.
Where He goes, I’ll go with Him
Into valleys, grief stricken trials,
Or on mountain tops, peace within.
There is not a challenge
He can’t meet
If we but trust in Him.

First things first! Last things last!
Loving God means
He is in first place.
He is King; He’s Lord of my world.
I give Him the glory and honor;
Magnifying the great I AM!
He is worthy of all my worship.
He deserves all of my praise.

29 thoughts on “First Things First

  1. I kept hearing the hymn, “Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb,” when I was reading your poem. I have been reminding myself when I get tired to push through with things that matter, like prayer, and God has helped me focus better and understand its important ❤ It doesn't matter if we get busy, we can't use it as an excuse.

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    • Very good! I have been sick for a few days now, some kind of bug, but not a stomach bug, but just feeling run down, my head feeling like I am in the mountains, like it is under pressure, and concentrating and putting thoughts together has been difficult. I have been very sleepy, too. I have had this kind of bug before, so I am familiar with the symptoms, so I know it is going to go away, but it is times like these when Satan attacks my mind and emotions, because I am not sharp as a tack right now (smile), so I have been having to push through this, resist Satan, and put on the armor of God. And, write what God gives me to write even though I feel awful, and even though Satan is throwing his darts at me. I am persevering!

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      • Amen!!! Keep walking forward 🙂 I had a dream last night about you. It was very short, just that I felt urged in the dream that you wanted me to look at your work. And after being awake I felt like I needed to encourage you, and you need encouragement. 🙂

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      • Thank you! Ever since the journal entry of 1/9/18 Satan has been fighting me hard. First he was bombarding me with all kinds of fear of “what if” my husband’s confession of faith is just another “fake” confession, so I had to resist that and trust the Lord and not give way to fear. And, then with the sickies my brain has not been real functional, and when I get sick like this I have all kinds of weird dreams, so I had to give those to the Lord, and then today my phone started doing weird things, and the internet was down for a while and then windows 10 decided to do a new update and now my screensaver is coming on every minute of inactivity, so I am having to keep typing in my password, so I turned it off, and it is still doing it, so I just have to laugh, honestly! I can’t let these things get to me, but I have to keep walking in faith, trusting the Lord. But, I surely would appreciate your prayers, because this is real spiritual warfare here. Satan is not going to let go of Rick easily. So far so good, though.

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      • Yes, I will pray for you and Rick. I think the issue you brought up in our email is related to the fact this time Rick really wants to try, and when we try to get close to God and let go of this world, everything seems to fall and be hard on us. But Christ is that much more stronger ❤ I will pray daily for you guys.

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      • T. R. – I have been thinking about your dream. I wonder why you would have that dream, for truly I was not wanting you to read my posts, well it was not in my mind. Funny, when I saw how many you had read I wondered if this was a read-a-thon or something. 🙂 I appreciate it, though. I agree that I was in need of encouragement, but I guess I wonder if maybe there was more to it. Maybe not. Just thinking out loud here. I am just not used to people dreaming about me, so I was thinking that must be from God.

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      • I was just thinking about anything deeper with the dream too actually. 🙂 I had been meaning to catch up on posts and I felt the dream was definitely wanting to me to connect. In the dream, I was in college (not my college). And there was a point where I had a knock on the door, I ignored it at first and then opened it. I saw some people I didn’t know, and some I did (from high school) the group wanted me to join them, and I was alone in the room, and I had a very uncomfortable feeling. I made it clear to them that because my husband was not with me, I was not going to join them. I didn’t feel safe enough. Soon after this, I saw a woman walk up some stairs, and this woman represented you. She had a piece of paper in her hand she wanted me to look at, but she never gave me any words, she just had an extreme sense of urgency, and on the paper, in the corner, I saw your name, Sue Love, which is why I knew there was a connection.

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      • Wow! I believe that is very significant. I am going to pray about this. I will pray that if the Lord has something further for you to get from this that he will make it clear to you.

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      • And I will add, I recently have had my high school on social media want to get ready for our ten-year reunion, I’m not going, have no desire to go. Which is why I felt the high school aspect may just be dream related, as it is recent in my mind, but if the symbolism speaks to you, maybe God can use it for you. 🙂

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      • Ok, I will let you know if I see anything in this, too. God has spoken to me lots through dreams, and sometimes I can just tell by reading a dream that there is a message there. Thank you so much for sharing it with me.

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      • When I first had it, I thought about it because I thought it was significant in regards to you, and I felt in my heart I really needed to converse. Which is why I felt immediate answer of encouragement cause I love the truth of your posts and how we encourage each other. ❤ If I look deeper, what does stand out to me is the woman representing you appeared lost, scared, and yet very urgent in wanting to say something. She clearly wanted to be heard even if she didn't have words or knew how to vocalize.

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      • When you read what I wrote you in the email and what I sent you to read, too, I think you will see who this woman represents and it isn’t just me, but hundreds and thousands of women who are being abused by men who are sexaholics who are addicted to lust and whose lives are consumed with themselves. These women are crying out to be heard and to have someone help them and I think the Lord may be wanting me to tell their story in some way.

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      • That would definitely explain why the woman didn’t have your face. I knew she represented you, and she does because you share the message of what many cannot speak. Yes I can completely see what you are saying. ❤

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      • These women suffer in silence because they are scared, and even threatened by their husbands, in some cases, and they have nowhere to turn, no one to talk to about it, because it is shameful, and because they do fear for their lives. Their stories would just tear you to pieces.

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      • I am a little over halfway with what you sent, and yes, your story alone, it’s heartbreaking, and frustrating that you had to go through so much alone without support of peers. I praise God He was there with you, and you weren’t alone

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      • I was never alone, because God was always with me, but yes, I did not have the support of other humans to walk with me through these times. But, through it all God made me strong in him. Glory to God!

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      • Yes, exactly 🙂 that’s why I tried to clarify you didn’t have people’s support, but you did have God. ❤ ❤ I'm so glad He was there for you. I relate. I've had many years, especially high school, where I felt so alone, and God loved me. I never felt forsaken by Him.

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