April 23

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Who’s First?

By: Britt Kinoshita

Title: Who’s First

Chapter: Matthew 10

Scripture – Matthew 10:37-39 

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Observation:

I am a new mother. My son is almost one and I love him more than I could ever explain. The main verse that stands out to me is verse 37 “…anyone who loves their (son) more than me is not worthy of me.” Now that I have a child and have felt that deep love, I cannot even fathom the pain God felt in giving up Jesus for us…or the deep commitment Abraham had to the Lord to be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. The Lord should always be our first priority. I don’t believe you should neglect your family, but your commitment to the Lord is more important. 

Application:

I feel that the Lord wants me to refocus my priorities this morning. Instead of always putting my son first, I need to give the Lord the highest priority in my life. For me personally, that might look like getting up before my son to spend time with Jesus, or spending time in prayer when my son naps. He is very small still and relies on me for most of his needs but I want to stay faithful to the call that God has placed on my life, all our lives, to give Him the highest priority in our lives every day. 

Prayer:

Lord, forgive me for allowing anything or anyone to take your place on the throne of my life. Please guide me on this journey to follow you. Help me to recommit my life to you each and every morning. Thank you for my son, help me in my mothering, and help me to show him by the way I live, of how much I love you and desire to take up my cross and follow you. 


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