Several months ago, I was having a fun conversation with my daughter, Elizabeth. We were talking about things like growing up, beginning college, and dating. At one point I said, "I just hope you'll keep me as the number one guy in your life." Without any hesitation, she responded, "Dad, you're close. Jesus is number one in my life, but you can sure be in second place!"
It was a good answer that I was more than comfortable with.
See, as much as I want my daughter to love me, I realize there is someone way more important than me. And His name is Jesus. He created her, saved her, and has always been there for her. He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. And He matters more than anyone.
When we read the Bible, we see what role our Lord should take in our lives. In Matthew 6:33 we are taught to "seek first the kingdom of God." And in Revelation 2:4, a church is criticized with these words: "you have left your first love." In other words, they had forgotten to treasure Jesus more than anyone or anything else.
The famous actor, Denzel Washington, also has a good word of wisdom on this topic. He once said the following: "Put God first in everything you do." And I believe he's right.
There are so many things that compete for our attention and affection in this world. It's easy to get hung up on people, possessions, power, and pleasure. But nothing and nobody matter more than Jesus.
I think Elizabeth has realized an important truth in life. And we all would be wise to do the same. Let's allow Jesus to be number one in our lives. We can do that by trusting, honoring, and enjoying Him above all else. When this happens, our lives make sense and we find a sense of wholeness like never before.
Jesus. He deserves to be number one. Let Him be that in your life today.