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Day 27 of Lent: Who’s first?

Posted on Fri, Apr 05, 2019

iStock_000004171786Large-1Who’s first? 

No, that’s not the start to the famous “Who’s on first, what’s on second” joke.  It is a serious question.  Whom do you put first in your life – yourself or others?  We are all too painfully aware of the struggle which goes on inside of each one of us to beat down that little man who keeps wanting to shout out “Me first!” “My way!” and “What about me?”

Our Bible verse for today helps us truly ponder the subject of Respect. “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21).

If you look at the wider section of Ephesians 5, you will realize that this is the section which speaks about the roles and relationships of husbands and wives among other things.  But all of that is predicated on this verse which helps us understand true Christian respect.

Just like our verse for yesterday, we need to focus on the second part of the verse first “out of reverence for Christ.” Think of the ultimate display of respect which Jesus lived and showed!  He never put himself first.  As a matter of fact, he went out of the way to put every sinful human being ahead of himself as he carried out his mission as Savior.

That is what Paul wants us to put on the forefront of our minds.  Think of how Jesus continually put others first and with the same humble, loving respect which he showed, strive to treat everyone in your life in the exact same way.  That applies to every role or situation you find yourself in in your life – husband-wife, employer-employee, child-parent, neighbor-neighbor, friend or enemy, Christian or non-Christian, differing political views, differing world views.  In each and every one of those situations God asks us to Be subject to one another. In other words, respect and do everything you can to put the other person first as you seek to emulate Jesus.

In many ways our world has all but given up on respect.  Please don’t blindly follow that trend.  Jesus didn’t give up on you and showed you the ultimate love and respect.  Seek to “be subject to one another” in Christ-like love and respect!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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