Don’t Put Jesus First

I came across this quote today and I’m not sure who it’s by so I can’t give the author anymore credit than to say that I didn’t write it myself.

Before you burn me at the stake for herasy, make sure you read it to the end.


The worst thing you can do as a Christian is to try and put Jesus first in your life. I know it sounds good, and Lord knows, Iʼve said it plenty: Put Jesus first, your family second, your job third… But itʼs a flawed paradigm.

Jesus doesnʼt want to be first on your list. He doesnʼt need your shout out. Heʼs not content to be first in your life. He insists on being the center of your life. Putting Jesus first in my life means I kind of segregate Him from my other priorities. Making Him the center of my life means I integrate Him into every priority.

Itʼs not Jesus, then my family, then my job… Itʼs Jesus: in my family, in my job…

Itʼs not Jesus, then anything…Itʼs Jesus in everything!


Certainly something I need to remind myself of on a regular basis.

About Matthew Starner

Matthew Starner is pastor of Journey of Faith Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they help people take their next step on their journey with Jesus.

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