FIRST TO THE LORD! (Part #4) 11-24-2013

posted Nov 24, 2013, 9:59 AM by Dale Barnes

“...they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” (2Co.8:5 NIV)

As true believers, we are to give ourselves first to the Lord. One of the important and practical way is praise and thanksgiving.  It costs something to do this, because life is full of disappointments and challenges that usually lead to murmuring, complaining and discouragement.  However, as followers of Christ, we are called to something different.

The apostle tells us; “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess.5:16-18 NIV)  This is a true lifestyle change for most of us.  Some may say, “No one really does this!”  Yet, this is God’s will, so let’s ask God’s help and go for it.  Work at it!  Grow in it!

This is the time of year when we have a day of national thanksgiving in our country.  It is a good time to begin;  not just for a day, but a beginning of a daily practice. In the Psalms, David declares, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast, (I have made up my mind!) I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! (shake yourself, choose to do it). Awake harp and lyre! (use an instrument; put on a CD) I will awaken the dawn. (I will begin each day in this way of praise and thanksgiving) (Ps.57:7-8)

Let’s be doers of the Word and not just hearers!  It may take a little time to build this type of a lifestyle, but let’s work at it.  It will produce great results in our lives and open many doors of blessing in serving the Lord. Let’s first give ourselves to the Lord!