“The First and the Last”
by Mai-Anh Le
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“For whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loses hi life for my sake, he will save it” (Luke 9:24).
“Carpe diem!” or “Seize the day!”…”Live life to its fullest!”…”Conquer the moment; it’s yours” … and so on and so forth. No matter how you say it, the subject in these sentences is still ‘you’ and the object, if I may generalize, is still to ‘take/make the best for yourself ‘. Although disguised, these messages are all around you today! They are advertisements seen on highway billboards, TV commercials, magazines etc. for life’s best rewards. These messages have the same “in your face” attitude and they command your attention. And though they do not urge you to “seize the day” or “conquer the moment,” they do motivate you take/make today’s best materialistic rewards such as weight loss, beauty, salary, and prestige as your own. After all, you are the most important person here.
Really how many of us feel this confident about our selves? How many of us feel this confident about our lives as a whole?
The truth is, a percentage of us do not think of ourselves as the best and we do not regard ourselves as worthy recipients of the best life has to give. Instead, our loved ones are amongst the most important people, and the good that we do receive, we give it to them. Our well of strength is not bottomless; we do need help to get through life. We have children or family or friends who depend on us, hence, it is rare that we can put ourselves in the front of the line. Does this make us a lesser human being? Does it mean that we lack motivation or have low self-esteem? No. It simply means we are faithful and humble servants of the Lord, and we know the “best rewards” will come from our Father in heaven. For He promised, “…those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves shall be made great,” (Luke 14:11). … for the last will be made first, and the first made last in the line to God's Kingdom. “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” (1Pet:4NIV). That sounds like a great reward to me.
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