Thursday, April 7, 2011

God first? Or me first?

This week we had an awesome speaker at CPx.  His name was Lincoln Murdoch. Here is one of the things that he shared that really hit home for me:


All my life and training I have heard it said that God must always be first on our list of priorities.  I have been taught that a good and godly list of priorities must look something like this:

  1. God
  2. Wife
  3. Kids
  4. Ministry
  5. Friends
  6. Extended Family
  7. Education
  8. Etc...


Lincoln does not agree with this.  After having a major burnout twice in his life, he has learned that the list, rather, must look more like this:

  1. ME!! (with God leading me to the fullness of all He has for a healthy me)
  2. Wife (with God at the center of our marriage)
  3. Kids (God guiding and inspiring my parenting)
  4. Etc....


The point is this...

First, God is #1.  God is #2.  God is #3.  He is the center of all my life.  He is not a number on my list.  No, he IS THE LIST!  

And second, if I am not at the top of the list...if I am not healthy...if I am not renewed and intimate with Jesus, then I am no good to my wife, no good to my kids and no good to anyone else on my list for that matter.  


I thought this was a fresh perspective.  What do you think?

1 comment:

Generous Apologist said...

Jesus taught (by example) that self-ministry proceeds others-ministry. Every day He spent time in pray with the Father being ministered to before He ever lifted a finger for others. John Ortberg called this the rhythm of abiding and abounding - abiding in God's presence and abounding in ministry. If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us. bo)