Jesus was the ultimate stand in, taking our place when it mattered most!
Accept no substitutes is a phrase we have all heard and even used as a way of life. But Jesus is one substitute that we need to accept! As a follower of Jesus, we must realize that we cannot substitute anything for Jesus…no matter how good it is or seems. Nothing compares to Him. We must protect our relationship with Him and not allow anything to take his place in our lives.
Jesus wants to be the first and foremost love in our lives. Because he took our place and died for us out of great love he desires that we live out a life of love for him on earth. He doesn’t want us to do things because we are obligated but because we love.
Watch out for how and what you may replace Jesus with in your life. Keep Jesus first in all things.
What competes most for your attention and affection of Christ?
Would you say Christ is first in all things in your life?
If not, where is on the list at this time?
How can you go about having Christ first in your life? How can you ensure he stays first?
How can you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? What does that look like for you?
30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ Mark 12:30