You First!

it is not self-seeking, 1 Corinthians 13:5

When you love someone you don’t it because it satisfies something within you, though that may be a byproduct of that love. No, you love someone because of who they are.

As we all know, that’s not always the case. We see it all the time. When someone is loved because of their wealth or fame, the relationship often ends in disaster. It’s a Biblical principle that the world understands well, though they would reject the notion it came from the Bible.

Now, admittedly, we’re not always selfless in our love towards others. Putting others first isn’t easy in a “Me First” society. As I write this on Black Friday, the crazies jammed the front entrances to stores and pushed and shoved their way to get the best deal on consumer goods. That’s “Me First” on display.

Our example, of course, is Jesus Christ,

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:6-8

Christ showed us the ultimate “You First” scenario for us to model.

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