Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Others... Second?

I was listening to Christian talk radio the other night. One caller said that the principal she lives by is "Jesus first, others second, self last." Admirable sentiments, no doubt. But I wonder, might not the mantra be more succinctly (and accurately) stated, "Others first, self last"? Put another way, don't you effectively put Jesus first when you put others first?


At 2:27 PM, Anonymous i.g.w.t said...

my alias means in god we trust, and i put my savior first because of what he has done for me, not the people, so my point is that i think that when you put Jesus first your not putting the prople first

At 8:49 AM, Blogger John Wilks said...

Well, there are two ways of serving others. One is to give them what they need, the other is to simply cater to their desires. Placing Our Lord first insures that we delineate between the two for Christ offers what we need most, but often calls us away from that which we desire.

So no, I don't think it at all wise to simply fold the priority of Christ into serving others.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Melina said...

I agree with the above two comments. Otherwise you could work yourself into an early grave serving others when it's not really what the Lord wants, or how he wants you to do it. Without God first we will be harrassed and waste energy.

Sometimes the simplest way of putting things isn't always best; especially if we leave out a vital truth; ie, God first provides the direction for our energies in serving others.
All the best! :)


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