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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/27/2013

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The Dangers of Me First


"All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live
All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at His feet I bow; Worldly pleasures all forsaken, Take me Jesus, take me now,
All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to thee; Fill me with thy love and power, Let thy blessing fall on me.
"

J. W. Van De Venter

If we put our hand to the plow and look back, we cannot plow a straight row. When we commit to Jesus, but let other selfish things take priority, "me" comes first and then Jesus. We run the danger of doing a disservice not only to Jesus, but to others around us and ourselves. This mentality can cause us to minimize the value of meeting together regularly on the first day as we have taught through God's Word. We might put recreational activities on par with meeting together. Some family gathering might seem more important. When our attendance becomes sporadic, who are we putting first? When worldly things take precedence over the Lord, we might not contribute back to Him what we ought to. Maybe we fail to include God into our budgets as we should, taking bigger shares for our selfish needs and giving less back to the Lord... Where there is negligence in our giving of how we have prospered, who is getting put first in our lives. The biggest sufferer, however, when we put ourselves first is our life of service. "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in it's various forms" (1 Pet.4:10). God has blessed all of us with gifts to serve one another. When we put our own priorities above the Lord's, our life of service takes a nosedive. I am not saying here that we must lead a cloistered life with absolutely nothing for ourselves. The Lord gives us those abilities to work and prosper... The abilities to keep our families well-fed and comfortable. But our commitment to the Lord is just like Peter's when Jesus called him to service. Peter said "Just because you say so" to the Lord. He let down the nets when Jesus told him to, and he laid them down for a life of discipleship with Jesus when bidden... "All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him. In His presence daily live."

Have a great day... Go about doing good.. Love mark Phil.4:11

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