FIRST PLACE BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
9th April 2019
READ: Deuteronomy 10:12-22; 11:1
“My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” – Psalm 42:2
Many do not realize that it is insulting to place God as a second or third option. One day while I was preaching, I identified several young ladies who did not have husbands. I suggested to them to get married to some nice young men in the church. They all refused.
I asked them one by one, “Why don’t you want to marry him, is he not a handsome man?”
“Yes he is,” they answered.
“Is he a spiritual person?”
“Yes he is. He is even a pastor.”
“Does he not have a car and a house?”
“Yes he does. Actually his car is very posh.”
“Then why don’t any of you want to marry him?”
“Because he has a wife already,” they answered. I continued, “But you could be his second wife?”
In chorus they all cried out “No way, no sir; we will not be second wives, we want to be number one.”
They felt insulted that I would offer them second position. Even though they would be wives all right, they would not be the first wives. These young ladies want to be wives but only if they would be the first and only wives. This is how God feels. He knows we will serve Him but He wants us to serve Him first. It is actually an insult to put God after anything!
Unfortunately, God is constantly relegated to the second, third and sometimes tenth place of importance. It is time for God to take the first position in your life.