Tuesday, 5 July 2011

First Priority

Over the last couple of days, Mum, Dad and I have been 'delving'into some articles of A W Pink. This is a portion from one, 'First Things First'.

What is it to put first things first? First and supremely to give God Himself His rightful place in our lives and render to Him that which is His due. "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last"(Isa. 44:6). The great "I am"is self-existent and self-sufficient. Because He is the First, He should be first served. The world had its beginning from Him; we had ours, and therefore at the beginning of the year, and of each day, it deeply concerns us to take Him along with us. God is the sum of all excellence, being inexpressibly blessed in Himself. How He should attract us! God is possessed of infinite benevolence, which is guided by unerring wisdom, and He has all-mighty power at His disposal. What an Object for our most fervent affections! Shall, then, every glittering toy become a rival to this transcendently glorious Being and rob Him of our hearts?

Let us form the habit (if we have not already done so) of directing our first conscious thoughts unto Him who has preserved us through the night. Begin the day by definitely bringing the Lord God before your heart, contemplate His glorious attributes, prostrate your soul before Him in worship, adore Him for His glorious perfections. Say with holy David, "My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee" (Psa. 5:3). Nor will this be either difficult or irksome if we turn the eyes of our souls unto Him: it is beholding the beauty of the Lord which puts in tune the strings of our harps, and enables us to make melody in our hearts unto Him. Nor is this all: by doing obeisance we promote obedience. By solemly paying homage to God and rendering to Him the honour which is due his great name, we strengthen the obligations taht we lie under to observe His statutes and keep His commandments. By our humble and frequent adoration of His perfections, conformity to His will will be easier, for His authority over us will be more strongly felt.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,and all these things shall be added unto you"(Matt 6:33). God is to be given the preference above all others. Let not any business prevent our seeking communion with Him nor hinder the maintenance of it. There are many things we would like to do, but other things deter us. We wish to visit a dear friend, but the pressure of other concerns thwarts us. But this must never be the case with our seeking unto God: that is the "one thing needful"to which everything else must be made to give way. It is not at all necessary to our highest good that we be great in the world or advance our estate in it to such and such a pitch - but it is absolutely essential that we obtain God's favour and keep ourselves in His love. No worldly business whatsoever can serve to excuse our attendance upon God; nay, the more important our worldly business be, the more need have we to apply ourselves to God by prayer for His help in and blessing upon it...

How often the words of Jesus to the Church in Ephesus should speak to us! We may do good works, or patiently endure, or discern false prophets, or suffer for Him. But still He may say "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" (Rev 2:4).
I pray that we may all "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works." That we may "love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might"(Deut 6:5).
He is our first love... as we turn our eyes upon Jesus and see His love for us expressed on the cross, may our hearts be melted and filled with His love... and a great love for Him.


Joy said...

Thanks, Maddy, for the quote... I really needed it at this time :)
Yes, I pray that "our hearts be melted and filled with His love... and a great love for Him."

Joy said...

A.W. Pink's books are really good!