Champions Put God First
It is easy to proclaim that we have placed the Lord first; however, the true test comes when life throws us an unexpected curve. This is when we discover if what we say with our mouths is really true in our hearts.
Authentic humility and love aspire to put God before everything else no matter what the price may be. It might cost us our dreams. It might cost us our jobs. It might cost us status in society. But the cost of failing to put God first is far more astronomical.
David's heart was one finely tuned to God's love and affection. When he received the disappointing answer to his request to build the temple, David's love did not collapse. Instead, he was inspired to a deeper sense of worship and love for God.
In 1 Chronicles 17:16, we learn of David's response: "King David went in and sat before the Lord." David was a man of war. Therefore, God had chosen not to use him as the principle architect of His temple, but David would have input in its design and construction.
For David, building the temple was all about honoring God, not going down in history as the king who built it. As believers with the amazing privilege of getting to participate in advancing God's kingdom, we must make sure our motives are solely to see His kingdom advanced and His name glorified. That is how we put Him first.
Prayer: Lord, help me to put You first today in everything I do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" (Colossians 3:12).
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