One of the biggest obstacles that we all have to get over is ourselves. We have a really hard time putting ourselves where we belong. The voices that we hear all over our culture would love to convince us that we are number one. If you become convinced that you are number one, you might have some fun for a while, but the ending is not good. This is where today’s quote comes in…
[pullquote position="right"]The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.[/pullquote]
It really is an act of faith to step down from the pedestal of being number one. You become second, which means that someone else is first. God is first. In reality, no matter where we personally place God in our priority list, He is first. In the end every knee will bow to Him. It is so much better to put Him first yourself, right now. This means that you have to trust Him. This means that you are not in control of everything. This means that you have to answer to God for your actions and thoughts. This also means that all of His power is available to you, as well as all of His love and grace.
This is a great exchange worth making! You give up your “first-ness” and in return you get life, security, peace, joy, mercy, and grace.