Many of you have heard of the popular movement, "I Am Second." The Lord began speaking to me about this recently. First off, let me say this, I am in NO WAY bashing this movement, in fact I am thoroughly for it, if you haven't checked out their website you should. Or better yet, check out an awesome man of God and TEXAS TECH GRADUATE, Baron Batch's I Am Second video or many of the other popular celebrities on their site. Several of them have brought me to tears. The idea of I Am Second is that God is first and I am second. I want to challenge that thought pattern for one second with you, my readers, because the majority of you are extremely devoted Christians. For many the idea of "I Am Second" is a huge progress. Put God first. Yes PLEASE, put Him first, but for most of you, my readers, God is first... so let me challenge this. Let's not be second, let's be LAST.
God has been dealing with me out of Mark 10, Matthew 6, and a few other passages for a few weeks now, over... and over... and over... and over again.
Mark 10:31 "But many who are now first will be last then, and many who are now last will be first then" Mark 10:43-45 "This is not to be so among you; INSTEAD whoever desires to be great among you, must be your servant. And whoever wishes to be most important and first in rank among you must be SLAVE TO ALL. For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves"
Often times I am second. I give myself a place and a priority right below God, I put my needs, my desires, my comfort, my flesh, before others. This is NOT how we are instructed as children of God to live.
Once I committed a few weeks ago to the Lord that I Am Not Second, I AM LAST, I've found Holy Spirit asking me to do weird things. By weird things I mean, He's asked me to act as if I were last! What's up with that?!? Not just while people are looking, but when NO ONE even knows.
He's asked me to look at others as more important than myself. He's asked me to do little things that seem so dumb, but they make me rewrite my brain process to say, It's not about what you can get, but what you can give. It's not about being recognized for things I've done, but helping others be recognized for the good they do. It's not about building up my strengths, but rather finding the strengths in others. It's not about having the best looking cookie, the best seat, the best parking spot, or really about having any honor from men at all. It's about laying myself down in complete humility and not just SEEING others as better than myself, but TREATING others as better than myself even if they NEVER notice.
Let me challenge you to talk to God about this. If you are willing then tell Him, God "I Am Last." As you do be expecting our Holy Spirit to ask you to do some things that don't make any sense, be ready to get real low, lower than low, lower than you've ever been, in order to view others as higher than yourself. Be ready to see things from new perspectives, be ready to have your mindsets challenged, be ready to change the way things "have always been done".
I don't know about you but I'd rather be last in every situation every day of my life here on earth, so that I can be first in heaven with Jesus. I'd rather be a "slave to all" than receive praise from men, so that I can be more like Jesus who was the ultimate servant of all.
Tell God, "I Am Last", and life as you know it, is about to change.
Be Blessed, J. Tate