“Jesus, you go first”

This Week’s Meditation:  “Jesus, you go first”
Read: Ephesians 5:1-21

In years past we were familiar with the question, “what would Jesus do.”  That phrase had good intentions but it was marketed so heavily that over time it lost it’s impact even though the question was still important for Christian’s to be asking.

This past week we had Illinois Mennonite Conference Minister Chuck Neufeld at our church for our Renewal Weekend services.  It was a wonderful weekend and many powerful stories and examples were given to us as we considered putting God first in our lives.  But one of the most powerful lines consisted of just four words.  “Jesus, you go first.”

It’s a new twist to the old phrase but the intention is much the same.  Chuck mentioned that before we do anything in life we should approach it with the attitude of saying, “Jesus, you go first, and then I will go.”  If that brings pause or concern to us then perhaps we should reconsider our steps or our actions.

In Ephesians 5 Paul talks about being imitators of God.  He goes on to list many sins such as sexual immorality, greed, obscenities, foolish talk (gossip), coarse joking, and others.  In verse 7 he says, “Do not be partners with them.”  In other words, find other company to associate with.

When choosing friends, places to hang out, things to do, places to work, etc. we should invite Jesus to go before us.  If that does not feel right or comfortable then maybe we need to reconsider.  In verse 17 Paul says, “Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Thank you Paul for giving us this teaching and Thank you Chuck for giving us another way to test that will of Jesus before we move forward.  May the Lord go before us and guide us in our steps!

Make it personal:  What area in life has been testing you and tempting you recently?  Put this question to it and allow the Holy Spirit to speak into your life and lead you to be an imitator of God. Say, “Jesus, you go first!”

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church