What is your highest priority in life? Maybe you’ve always wanted to stay physically fit, make a million dollars, or travel to a foreign country. How many of your personal goals have you been able to accomplish? On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the satisfaction you gained from them?
A very famous Bible commentator captured so well what true satisfaction is all about:
When Christ died, He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left [neither] silver nor gold, but something far better. He left His peace.
The disciples were a motley crew made up of 12 Jewish men from all walks of life. It’s possible most of them, if not all, had families with wives and children to support. But in spite of their differences, they shared a common goal to someday be free from the oppressive Roman government.
When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, He promised them a place in His eternal kingdom. After three years of ministry, Jesus was betrayed and crucified, leaving behind 11 fearful disciples—and no kingdom. But the disciples understood Christ’s words when He rose again from the dead. He gave them more than riches. He gave them peace with God, a future home in Heaven, the Holy Spirit, and boldness to be witnesses for Him. This brought more satisfaction than they could have ever dreamed of.
Friend, your personal goals may bring you temporary satisfaction, but they can’t compare to the blessings of putting God first in your life. The disciples didn’t end up disappointed, and neither will you. Determine you’ll make Him Number One today.
Lord, we don’t mind who is second as long as Thou art first. — W.E. Stangter
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder