Someone who doesn’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ emphatically told me one day, “I am number one!” She was declaring to me why she believed she needed to act a certain way and not take into consideration some other people. I knew not to argue because she had already staunchly pronounced in other conversations that she would never place her faith in the Lord. I knew I couldn’t change her heart. The Lord would have to do it. My job would be to pray and love her and entrust her to the Lord. But this isn’t about where she will spend eternity. It is not about whether she will repent of her sins and believe in Jesus as Lord and turn to the Lord and His ways for the promise of God’s forgiveness and everlasting life with Him. It’s about you and me – and this concept of #1.
Tragic to say I believe plenty of people calling themselves Christians are living their lives with an equally if not even more so emphatic belief that they are #1 and that they should think, speak, and act accordingly. Friend, this goes totally contrary to the Lord and the Bible which is His truth.
His greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. Let’s be honest with ourselves. I’ll start by being honest with you. For years, I called myself a believer in the Lord but lived my life for me, me, me. I definitely saw myself as #1 though I would never have admitted it. The Lord set me straight. I wish I could tell you now I live my life perfectly – perfectly for the Lord. Truth is I am learning day by day to die to self and to live for Jesus. I am learning to live with the Lord as #1 in my life because regardless of what we think the Lord God almighty is #1 in the universe! I am also learning day by day as I die to self to love others selflessly, sacrificially, generously, heartedly, humility, and with kindness, patience, and above all else the commitment to help people find and forever follow the Lord.
I no longer see myself as #1 because I know the Lord is. I no longer see myself as #1 above others as I know this is wrong. But I won’t pretend before God or before you that I do this right all the time. I don’t! I do plenty of repenting along the way! And I thank God for His love, patience, and mercy with me! And I thank God for the strength He gives me by His Holy Spirit to learn to live the right way.
Let us obey the Lord’s greatest commands, friend. Let us love, love, love the Lord with every ounce of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. And let us love others as ourselves. Self-love is not the way of Christ. And the fulfillment we get from making ourselves #1 is fleeting and ultimately dissatisfying. But oh, the joy of receiving Jesus’ love and returning it to Him and sharing it with others, this joy is amazing and lasting. Oh, glory to the Lord, let us love!
Jesus Christ is Lord. He is number one. Forevermore! Love, love, love! Let us love!
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3