Being A Christian Means Everyone Else Comes First
Posted: Thursday, August 15
1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13
Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:19)
No one ever said being a Christian meant the easy life. Well, maybe someone told you that, but they were lying. In fact, becoming a Christian in a lot of ways means more effort and may look like less of a deal. While it means more intentionality in our actions, it also reaps the greatest and most fulfilling life. The truth of being a Christian means to act as how Christ acts. How did he act? He put every single human being before himself.
For the most part, we’re afraid to let others come first because we’re afraid of being taken advantage of. When it comes to trusting people, we’re afraid that they will break our trust. When it comes to serving others, we’re afraid that they will abuse our willingness to help. When it comes to generosity, we’re afraid that they’ll take everything we have. What do you reckon is the greatest thing we could give someone? It’s our entire life! That’s exactly what Jesus gave for us, even when we didn’t deserve it. If Jesus was willing to do that for us, how should we treat others as followers of Jesus?
Being a Christian means that everyone else comes first. It should be the standard, the bare minimum, the expectation. It means that there will be times people take advantage of our love, but that’s ok. People take advantage of Jesus’ unconditional love too, right? So why would we choose to live our lives this way? Everyone else is out for themselves, why would we not think in terms of survival of the fittest? The creator of life didn’t make life to work that way. Jesus created it to work best when we serve others. Will you be willing to let everyone else come first today, just as Jesus put you first when He hung on the cross?