309. Who’s on First?

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“Have you ever seen the comedy routine called ‘Who’s on First’?” Stan asked me one morning.

“Yes,” I replied, “I’ve seen it on the internet.  Hilarious routine by Abbott and Costello concerning who is on the different bases in a baseball game.  Old but still very funny.  Why do you ask?”

“It came to mind earlier this morning when I was journaling about something the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Colossae.”

“He was writing about comedy routines?” I asked with a smile.

“No,” Stan replied, “but he did have something to say that is to be a cornerstone of my relationship to God in Christ.”

Continuing, he said, “What Paul wrote was, in essence, a question to me of who is first in my life.  Who do I put first?”

“Is it God?” He asked himself.  “Or is it self?  How about the world, or the flesh, or the devil? Or is it all of them except God”?

“Those questions,” Stan continued, “I have to ask myself every single hour of every day.  I have to be open to allowing the Holy Spirit to ask me.  Allow Him to ask and be prepared to make whatever adjustment I need to make.”

“Isn’t that,” I asked, “kind of like what we have talked about concerning being a disciple of Christ?”

“Exactly, my friend,” Stan responded.  “If I want to be His disciple, I have to deny myself by getting off of first base, taking up my cross by being on whatever base He wants, and by following Him in the bases He has for me to run.”

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He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.  Colossians 1:18.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to have first place in every aspect of my being.  And thank you that you have placed your Holy Spirit in me to help me with that.  I confess that too often I place myself and/or the world, the flesh, and the devil first, rather than you.  Please forgive me for all of that.  And please lead me, and help me to follow, in always putting you first, never second, and never in any place other than first.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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