But God- Keeping Jesus #1 in My Life?


I keep hearing that “Jesus is supposed to be number one in my life. What does that look like"?

That's a great question. It certainly can't mean time-wise, because I spend so much more time working and with my family than I do with Jesus. I guess the folks who say that mean He should be my top priority. But that brings up another question. If He is at the top of my list, who is number two? I want to respond with a couple thoughts.

But God Image_Color_CrossFirst, it seems insulting that anyone would even consider the idea of putting Jesus on a list! He is God. It seems a bit presumptuous to me to put the Creator on my list. Second, I don't see anywhere in Scripture God telling us He wants to be first in our lives. What I do see Scripture teaching is that Jesus IS our life. Consider Colossians 3:4; 'When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.' Hear what that says? He is our life. Or listen to Acts 17:28; '“For in Him we live and move and exist”, as even some of your own poets have said, "For we also are His offspring."'

Well, there you have it. He has no desire to be number one in my life because He is my life. As we remember this vital truth, it will free us from the tyranny of trying to make Him first, and we can then make our priority list up of mortals.

I hope this answers your question. And keep them coming.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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