Every Christian knows that their desires can’t come first in their life. God has to be our first thought.

However, something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the fact that, even as we can’t be first, we can’t be second, either.

We have to come third.

Now, I know people talk a lot nowadays about how you have to ‘take care of yourself.’ They almost treat altruism as a character fault.

I don’t believe everyone should be giving all their food to the needy so that they starve in the process, etc., but you do need to make sure other people come before you as much as humanly possible.

As Christians, we are supposed to be unselfish and loving to other people.

Now, you could definitely say that, since God directly told us to love one another, loving God and loving other people is kind of the same thing. That’s probably true. However, sometimes pleasing other people is directly opposed to God.

For instance, perhaps your friend wants you to rob a convenience store so he can have his MilkWay bars for free. Now, obviously God has got to come first in this situation. You can’t place people before God.

However, placing yourself before other people? We all know that’s wrong.

So … be third.

First God.

Then everyone else.

Then you.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of summer!

~Kellyn Roth~

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8 thoughts on “On Being Third

  1. There’s a song that goes along with this:
    “J is for Jesus for he has first place,
    O is for others you meet face to face,
    Y is for you and whatever you do,
    put yourself last and spell joy!”

    I don’t know if you’ve heard that or not.

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  2. True! That being said…loving another person isn’t always the same as pleasing them… I think if you are in tune with God (which is, I guess, putting Him first), you’ll know how to love them in the best way possible for them–and how God loves them. 🙂

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    • *nods* Yep. Like how parents should punish their kids, etc. Losing electronics doesn’t PLEASE me, per se, but in the long run, I think my parents are loving me by doing it. Just as a completely random unrelated example. *whistles nonchalantly*

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