JESUS FIRST! –耶穌居首位!


One time someone ask Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment men need to keep?” And Jesus answered, “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul & all your mind.-This is the greatest commandment.” (Mat 22-37, 38)

So what steps can we take to love Jesus, not only put JESUS FIRST in our lives, but also to KEEP Him in that place? One way is in our daily service for Him. ASK the Lord in prayer about everything you do before you do it, and make sure that’s what HE wants you to do! You will find that this principle holds true even in your everyday work. When faced with pressing deadlines, the temptation is often to crowd the Lord out of our lives and concentrate solely on our work. We’ve all done it at times, but putting the Lord LAST simply is NOT the solution!

God has blessed and prospered many a great Christian businessman because they put JESUS FIRST in their everyday decisions! The famous industrialist and multi-millionaire, Robert G. LeTourneau, tells a story of when he was first starting out in business, operating one small factory: “One night I had to make a design for a new machine so that a crew of men on contract could build it the next morning. However, that same night I had been invited to go witnessing with some young Christian friends. The Lord and I had quite a struggle while I was trying to decide what to do!

“Although I could not understand how I was going to get the plan drawn for the next morning, I went with the young people, and we had a wonderfully fruitful, inspiring time! I returned about 10 o’clock. Up to that time I had been unable to figure out a single plan, but I sat down at the drafting board, and in about FIVE minutes the outline and plan was as clear as could be! What is more, the little piece of machinery designed that night has been the KEY machine in all that I have been building since! It PAYS to put GOD FIRST!”

Another famous Christian who always gave God first place in his everyday decisions was William Gladstone, who was England’s Prime Minister three times and was one of the most famous British political leaders of the 1800’s. The story is told of how every day as he went up the steps of the Parliament building, he would stop and witness to the little newsboy there about Jesus’ Love!

But one day as he and his secretary were going into Parliament, another little newsboy rushed up to them, exclaiming, “Please, Sir, you know the boy who sells you papers here? Yesterday he was run over by a carriage and he’s badly hurt. He’s going to die, and he’s asking for you to come and get him IN.” The Minister questioned, “What do you mean, `get him in’?” The lad replied, “You know, get him in to HEAVEN!”
His secretary, however, protested, “No, no, no, you don’t have TIME to go see a dying newsboy! You know how important your speech today is! It could change the course of English history!”

Gladstone hesitated only a moment, then said, “ONE immortal soul is worth MORE than my speech in Parliament!” So off to the little garret he went where the newsboy lay crushed and dying on a rough mat in the corner. With tears streaming down his face, Gladstone led the boy in a prayer to receive Jesus! The newsboy looked up into the great man’s face and whispered, “I knew you’d come. Thank you for getting me in!” Then he closed his eyes and went to be with Jesus!
An hour or two later, Gladstone made it back to Parliament where a heated discussion was raging! He was late and had almost missed his turn to speak, but not quite! He spoke eloquently!–And WON the debate! Afterwards his secretary said, “Sir, how COULD you have gone off and bothered with that little newsboy and risked missing your delivery of SUCH an important speech?”

Gladstone replied, “This speech today WAS a very important & good thing, but getting that newsboy SAVED and into Heaven was a BETTER, MORE important thing! GOD knew I was going to be able to get back in time for that speech! He was testing me to see if I’d put HIS work first!”–What a lesson on the correct sense of values!

However, great Christians are great not only because of their service to God, but because of their close and intimate fellowship with Him. The more they get to know Him, the more like Him they become. Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes of MANY Christians is to become so engrossed in the WORK of the Lord, that they neglect the LORD of the work!–As a result, they become directionless and impotent in their WORK for Him, because they’re trying to do it on their own without HIS power. He says, “Without ME, ye can do NOTHING!”–John 15:5. You cannot do the Master’s work without the Master’s Power!–And to get it, you must spend time WITH the Master!

Sometimes we get so busy SERVING Him we forget to LOVE Him! God appreciates the service you offer Him and He needs it, but He wants your attention and adoration and intimate communication too!–The Bible reminds us, “This you should have done, and not to have left the other undone.”–Matthew 23:23.

Remember the story of Mary and Martha? When Jesus came to visit, Mary “sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word. But Martha was cumbered about with much serving.”–She was so weighted down, so busy rushing around trying to get everything done just right FOR the Lord, that she didn’t have time to listen TO the Lord! So Jesus gently chided her and said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things! But ONE thing is NEEDED, and Mary has chosen that GOOD part, which shall not be taken away from her!”–Luke 10:39-42.

Although your service to Him IS very important, the time you spend WITH Jesus is even MORE important, and if you take that time alone with Him, you’ll find that surprisingly you’ll have ample time for all the other things you need to do, and you’ll be able to get them done even faster in a shorter amount of time.

To neglect your fellowship with the King of kings can be disastrous to your spiritual life and walk with the Lord! God will NOT take second place, even to His service! “You should have NO other gods before Me!”–Exodus 20:3.–And believe it or not, if you put ANYTHING else BEFORE the Lord, it has become your GOD!

So putting Jesus first place in our lives not only involves putting His SERVICE first in winning hearts and lives to Him, but also putting His WORD first in our lives! In fact, the Bible says that Jesus IS the Word! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was made flesh.”–John 1:1,14. What’s more, Jesus said, “The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE”!–John 6:63.

God’s Word is food for your soul, and it’s absolutely ESSENTIAL to your spiritual GROWTH! If you DON’T take time to feast on Jesus’ Word, then your soul’s going to literally STARVE! You’ll end up like a retarded, malnourished child or a spiritual dwarf!–And even your SERVICE to God will be powerless and fruitless.

Also, we must put JESUS FIRST through PRAYER! Do you have a good prayer time by YOURSELF and/or with your FAMILY every morning to start the day off right? You need it, or things just won’t go right! When you first wake up, before you call anybody or talk to anybody, talk to JESUS FIRST!–Get your orders from HIM for the day! Otherwise you’re going to be like a soldier who’s trying to fight a war all on his own without listening to headquarters, with no organization from his Commander-in-Chief! Our Heavenly Commander, Jesus, can solve a lot of your problems before the day even begins if you put HIM first and have PRAYER and listen to what He has to say through His Word!

WITHOUT a good daily dose of the WORD and PRAYER, you’ll walk around unempowered, stumbling about in your OWN wisdom and strength. Jesus says, “Without ME ye can do NOTHING”.–John 15:5. But on the other hand, the Bible says, “I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST which strengtheneth me!”–Philippians 4:13. That strength comes only through putting JESUS FIRST, through PRAYER and the reading of God’s WORD!
So do you have Jesus and His Word, and prayer in the proper perspective in your life? Do you give them FIRST PLACE? Or do you let other things crowd God and His Word into second, third, or whatever place? If that’s the case, your whole life will be thrown out of balance, and the result will only be disharmony, disruption and confusion!–Just like we’re seeing on a stupendous scale in the WORLD today which is on the brink of ruin because Man has refused to give God first place!–Or practically ANY place in their lives!

Another way to put JESUS FIRST is through our GIVING. Jesus says, “Give and it shall be given unto you!”–Luke 6:38. Stories abound of great Christian businessmen who God BLESSED and PROSPERED because they put JESUS FIRST not only in their heart and life, but also in their giving!
John D. Rockefeller Sr., one of the greatest of all philanthropists, in his lifetime gave away more than $700 million to Christian and charitable causes, three times more than any other man!

In EVERY area of our lives, JESUS must come FIRST! Jesus said, “Seek ye FIRST the KINGDOM OF GOD and His righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added unto you.”–Matthew 6:33. To “seek first” means to put JESUS FIRST and foremost in our lives, above EVERYTHING else!–It means working for Jesus and others more than just for yourself!–More than for money, more than for pleasure, more than for health, more than for the government, more than for ANYTHING else!

THEN, when you give Jesus first place in your life, and you give Him and His Work top priority, He will without fail supply all your needs–your food, your clothing, your housing. He can even trust you with OTHER things that you enjoy, if He knows that they will not overshadow or distract or in any way come between you and Him! Thank God that it is not a sin to enjoy food or recreation or our work, as well as all the other wonderful pleasures which God created our senses to enjoy! But we just have to watch out we don’t let THEM take first place in our lives and enjoy them MORE than we enjoy the LORD!

What is YOUR sense of values? Are you seeking the Kingdom of God FIRST and ABOVE all? Are you winning souls and promoting the Gospel?–Or are you, through your job, helping to provide the funds or the support or the housing or the opportunity that enables OTHERS to do it? There’s “Only ONE life, ’twill SOON be PAST!–Only what’s done for CHRIST will LAST”! What are YOU doing? For WHOM? Will it last FOREVER? He’s coming soon! NOW is your last chance to PUT JESUS FIRST! Today’s opportunity will be gone forever tomorrow!

Let JESUS be your FIRST LOVE and always KEEP Him in that place! You’ll NEVER lose by SEEKING FIRST the Kingdom!



上帝曾祝福許多偉大的基督徒商人並使其興旺,因為在他們每天要作的決定上,都讓耶穌居首位。那位著名的工業家和千萬富翁羅伯G.李唐紐 (Robert G. LeTourneau),告訴我們一個有關當他開始做生意,經營一間小工廠時發生的一件事:「一天晚上,我必須設計一個新的機器,所以次日早晨,我所約定的一班工人就可以開始動工。然而在同一天晚上,我被邀請去與一些年青的基督徒朋友作見證1。當我在決定該怎麼辦時,我與主之間有很大的掙扎。」
另一位在他每天要作的決定上,總是讓耶穌居首位的聞名基督徒就是格萊斯頓(William Gladstone)。他曾三度身為英國首相,在十九世紀他是英國最有名的政界領袖之一。故事敘述,每天當他走上國會的石階時,他都會停下來,告訴一個小報童有關耶穌的愛。
讓耶穌在你生命中居首位的另一個方法,就是以我們的贈予去幫助上帝的工作。祂說:「施與別人,上帝就會施與你們。」–路加福音6:38。有許多故事述說,一些偉大的基督徒商人,上帝祝福他們,並使他們的事業興盛發達,因為他們不但讓耶穌在心靈生命上居首位,而且在捐贈方面也是這樣。所有最偉大的慈善家之一–約翰D.洛克斐勒(John D. Rockfeller),一生捐贈了上七億美元給基督的工作和其他慈善工作!



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