unpacking the word “first”

first Word Sept 11th

As I began to take a closer look at the word “first,” I saw something which lined up with a few key verses I discovered in the Word.

I do not think that that is just happenstance or an accident.

(My first thought now when a connection is made between my thoughts and His is to wonder at the fact it has happened and to say thank You.)

The dictionary refers to two definitions of the word FIRST, which is classified as a number.

  1. coming before all others in time or order; earliest; 1st.

God is and will always be the first, for even before creation God was. This amazing and startling revelational truth is highlighted in John 1:1-5:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 NIV

     2. foremost in position, rank, or importance.

As the center of all things ever created, and as their Creator, God ranks highest in the order of things, friend. Always, even when we can’t see it or find it hard to believe it!

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:15-20

In the above verses, we see so many references to Jesus being first for so many reasons. As Creator, firstborn over His creation. He came first from the beginning, and holds everything all together! He is the head of the church. He is the firstborn resurrected one from the dead who brings us all to the cross to be reconciled with Him, the fullness of God!!

These two concepts compliment one another quite well, and represent to me the two different ways of taking the word FIRST  and applying it into our lives.

The first definition & verse remind our heads that He indeed was, is and always will be first throughout and over all creation, and blends beautifully with how the second definition and verse remind us our hearts that He is indeed mightier than we recall on the harder days, and that He is worth coming to first at all times.

First in our minds – positioning us to worship Him for who He is, the firstborn over all, and keeping Him there in first place over all.

First in our hearts – positioning us to come to Him first in every season and moment as we seek Him.

When we give Him the rightful place to rule first over our lives, and we seek Him first in all things, we begin to see His majesty and His intimate might more clearly in our lives.


Not second, third or any other number there is.

Not after we have tried working things out our way. 

Not after we called everyone in our phone book or talked it over with all our best friends.


The Jewish people made a deliberate attempt to put God first in their culture. 10% of all income went to God first. Being at synagogue for every service, holiday and celebration. But what the Word has shown us, especially when Jesus walked among us? Their hearts were not always in it.

They gave what they had to because of who He is, out of reverence, but were not connecting on a heart level in how they interacted with God. They left that to their rabbis and the leaders of their synagogues. They missed the heart of why He came, the miracle of living Mercy right in front of them, as they were solely fixated on His majesty.

It is hard living a split life though, isn’t it friend?

If we take God at His Word that He is who He says He is, then why not also take Him up on His invitation to come and get to know Him on a deeper level, and be known by Him in return?

I invite you to grab your favorite version of the bible, and take a closer look at who God is. This God who loved us first, and made the first move towards bringing us back to Him deserves our best, the first of our energies, thoughts, abilities, attention and earthly possessions.

Tomorrow, we gather around the throne as we worship and commit ourselves to seek Him first anew.

#hopeforharddays #hopeinHisPresence


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