First and Foremost

“I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other.” “I will not share my glory with anyone else (yield my glory to another).” Isaiah 42:8; 48:11

The jockey who rode Justify to Triple Crown fame at Belmont, when interviewed about the race, said, “First and foremost, I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the blessing of this wonderful day…” All else paled. Having just made history, his first ‘glory,’ was to God.

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God has called some to be jockeys, some preachers, some businesspeople, nurses, good neighbors, servers, ministry leaders, care givers, authors, architects, teachers, public servants–and for all, there is a “first and foremost.” For me, will it be my occupation? My education or credentials? My activity or accomplishments or experiences? My children, or grandchildren? When jobs are completed, events are over, finished lines are crossed, tasks are checked off, who receives credit? “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

“To our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:14

O God, when others meet me, hear me, see me, read my words, may my life say, “First and foremost, Jesus.”

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