Sunday, September 6, 2009

Last is First

Matthew 19:30 But many will be Last who are First; and First who are Last.

God speaks.  His word is living and true.  You may know already that as I am reading my bible I
often write in it.  Usually it is a short prayer written next to a relevant scripture verse (or passage).  Because of this I have a record of things that I have prayed for, that God has answered yes to.  (I believe God answers all prayer, sometimes His answer is no).

I have prayed to know about the above verse.  What does it mean?  What does it look like?  How does that work?  Show me Lord.

Ephesians 5:22-2422Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Submission. (Yes there it is.  The "S" word).  If I am submitting to authority then I am serving. I am putting myself after others.  I am bumping back my position in line so that I am no longer first.
In my case the most direct authority over me is my husband.  He is responsible for making decisions to benefit our family and growing us toward God.  That is not to say that I don't have input.  I can share my thinking (wise or not) with Craig, but he has the last word on the matter.  I need to be respectful and gracious when accepting this fact.

The second way to become last is to get rid of my sense of entitlement.  I am not owed anything.  The world cries out "Have me time! Pamper yourself! You deserve it!"  This is not truth.  If I am serving and following God's ways then He will refresh me.  I can cast my burdens on Him.  I will let the Lord provide.
 God's kingdom is opposite of ours.  Those who are first will become last and those who are last will become first.  Die to yourself and live in Christ, follow His example of servanthood.  Do all things for His glory.

Linking this up to What I Learned This Week.


The Real Me! said...

Nope I still need ME time! LOL. Are you laughing? Okay I'm sorry, not the time to do it. This was a very good post my friend. Does having "girl" time count?
You know you love me?

He & Me + 3 said...

Great post today. So true...
Sometimes I get in that I want for me mode and then I am reminded that it is not about me it is all about HIM!

Jen said...

Here is mine:

It was great to read your post

Suzanne Eller said...

Love your post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. It's always great to make a new bloggy friend. : )

Jessalyn said...

Great post! God created us equal, but different. Understanding our created roles made all the difference to me when accepting and even finding joy in my role as a wife.

I love that you talked about making yourself "last." Christ's Kingdom is upside down! And that is truly how the world views the Christian roles of Husband and Wife. A woman of the world looks disapprovingly at a woman who submits to her husband, but Christ looks with joy.

Musings of a Housewife said...

I absolutely believe this. It's hard to put into practice sometimes, isn't it? :-) Thanks for linking in!

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