What does it mean to be first? Well, it depends on who you ask. An athlete will tell you being first is about being the strongest, the fastest, and the best prepared.
The rich might piggyback off the preparedness piece saying you must be focused, organized, and driven.
Choose and poll anyone at the top of their field and they’ll have a barrage of things you MUST do to be first in that industry and more than likely there’ll be spill over. Key components that segue, easily transition with little or no hiccups, into your line of work.
Snip here, swop out a couple concepts there, add a little elbow grease for good measure, of course, and voila…. You’ve got a formula for success, baby!
But have we forgotten to poll God for the survey?
What does He say about being first? Nothing about strength or nimbleness of hand or foot? And how could He forget to include focus, organization, and drive?
Common sense shoulda tapped God on the shoulder and reminded Him He was embarrassing Himself by leaving out these most important factors of being first, greatest, VIP indeed, head honcho / honchess, premiere, premiere, premiere.
Because that’s what we want in this society, don’t we? We want to be first. The desire is so prevalent, one could almost call it natural… Is it?
Are we born wanting to be first?
I think we are. There’s an interesting characteristic called “chosen-ness” that’s woven into the heart at birth.
Babies inherently know they’re chosen. They don’t just feel it, they have a want and need for their chosen-ness to be demonstrated. They want to be touched ’cause they’re cute; watched ’cause they’re doing something new or great; picked up and rocked when they want some closer love. And when we’re emotionally healthy parents and adults, we serve them in all those ways, lovingly.
We do it because we know what they know, that they’re chosen.
But babies grow up. We certainly did. Grew up out of the cuteness to the point where the attention either stopped altogether or became the attention of an inappropriate ilk. We weren’t watched anymore when we did things great and new… ignored altogether or either glared at until our confidence to do things great or new was seared away. Who held us, who rocked us anymore once we were too big and awkward to receive the closer kind of love?
Chosen seems like it dies somewhere on the bridge between born and born again.
But God gives chosen back…
I bless Him for what He promised Abraham. Through their friendship we learn the importance of “chosen” in the life of a born again Believer and in the sight of God. It’s not just okay for you to want it and long for it, chosen is your birthright.
And for those who are born again, to live from the seat of this promise is the best decision one could ever make.
The promise of chosen-ness is this:
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12: 1-3
Pretty deep, isn’t it? God is telling us through His words to Abram, that if you’re going to experience the fruit of what it means to be chosen (blessed by God) you’re going to have to leave the places of familiarity. Those places where we are most apt to stay and fight for the right to be loved and recognized are the very places we have to surrender to God in trust that He will recognize us, multiply us, exalt our name to greatness.
Why’s it so hard in the first place?
I don’t know that I’ll ever understand why it’s so difficult to detach from the emotional dependency of being respected & recognized from the familial unit.
What I do know is that staying unhealthily connected to it becomes the death grip that threatens to smother potential before it ever even recognizes its chance.
In Matthew 13:57, because the people of Nazareth were offended by His wisdom and teachings and rejected Him, Jesus said this…
A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
And don’t let self doubt attack you there saying you’re not a prophet, either. A prophet is a Believer, a speaking, praying, testifying witness of the ways and wonders of Christ. Period.
So you’re a Believer. You’re a prophet of God. And you’re chosen.
So you want to be first AND God has Promised to exalt you into a great nation, with a great name, blessed to be a blessing, blessing the families of the earth through YOU…
But what will you need to do to make your desire and God’s Promise manifest?
What do you need to do to be first?
God says SERVE…
In the NLT of the Scriptures Jesus told his disciples this as they began to argue with one another about who would be the first and greatest amongst them:
“In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
As Believers sold out to Christ, the way we contribute to a great and marvelous experience in the story of our lives is to trust God enough to allow Him to lead us away from the familiar.
I say this all the time, “following God doesn’t always make common sense!!!”
Common sense is based on common senses…
Christianity is based on walk by faith, not by sight TRUST in God.
So as Believers sold out to Christ, the way we contribute to a great and marvelous experience in the story of our lives is to be willing to go blindly AND be willing to serve Him as we go.
Don’t let this world’s ways, nor your self doubt tell you that the people who sit at the table you are serving at right now are further ahead than you.
There is no common sense to this thing… that table might be yours. So serve gladly. And when the tables turn, fix your mind right now to never forget that serving is what got you there….
One last Scripture I’d like to share for anyone saying to yourself God’s promise was to Abraham, it has nothing to do with me:
God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”-and that, of course, means Christ. ~Galatians 3:16, NLT
Beloved, you’re covered! You’re chosen! You’re GOING TO WIN… SO GET GOING in Jesus’ Name!!! Amen:)