That should be obvious, but let’s be honest. Many times in our lives we like to think that we are first. In fact, many times it is evident in how we act and live that we are putting ourselves first. It is tempting to do so with our money. Some people give money to the church but only if there is “enough” left over. Some Christians put themselves first in their work and make sure that they are indeed taken care of first. It can carry over into the political realm as well where we support candidates who will make sure that we are taken care of first rather than others who may not have as much. If we are honest, we need to admit that we often live with a “I am first” attitude, even as we proclaim that Jesus is Lord and first in our lives.
In some Christian traditions, people give up something special during the six weeks of Lent. Then after Easter, they are able to have what they gave up again. So this Lent, instead of giving up something, let’s give someone; namely, ourselves. And let’s not limit it to the time leading up to Easter. Let’s focus on this now but keep on doing so in the weeks, months and years to come. Jesus is always first and that should spill over into every part of our lives. Jesus gave himself up for us. Should we not be doing the same for him as an expression of just how grateful we are?