On Excellence part 7

We need to humble ourselves and put Jesus first in what we do, make him priority. It is so easy to say you follow Jesus and say you listen to him, but then spend so much time doing things that only make ourselves seem greater, and then we ignore him. We start to get really selfish and only care about ourselves and the desires of our hearts.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday, like through Facebook and Twitter and texting and everything else. We get caught up in this world of noise, and we can’t hear God speak to us anymore. We have to learn to step back and take a break from that. Quiet our own desires and our own heart and the world around us. Listen for Jesus’ voice, listen with our hearts.

We can hear him if we just turn the sound of our own world down. This is how we make him priority. Listen to him before you go on in your day, doing whatever you want. In the morning, spend time in the word and in prayer, asking him what he wants you to do in the course of the day. Do this with no distractions. This is making him priority.

A lot of times, people fast by not eating, so they can be closer to God, so they can spend that time in prayer or studying the bible or doing something that will bring them closer to him. Who says the only way to fast is by not eating food? My friend said she made herself give up Facebook for a short while, so she could quiet her world and be more close to God. We can give up things that distract us from spending time with the Lord. It doesn’t have to be permanent. It doesn’t have to last forever, but just for a little while.

Maybe instead of texting for one hour, you could use that time to catch up on reading the bible. God sees it when we go out of our way to spend time with him. That’s what he wants, our attention, our hearts. This whole thing about quieting the noise in our lives has to do with putting the Lord first. He put us first when he died for us; his father put us first by giving up the one he loved most, because he also loved us.

I won’t insult him by saying that hanging out with my friends all the time or shopping or tweeting is more important that the love he has shown me. I will humble myself. Christ is king of the universe and even he humbled himself.

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