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Day 11 by Chad Rigney
“Either we and everything we hold dear take second place to Jesus, or we stop pretending that he is our God” –Live Second, 13.
I’m not a test-taker. During my school years I dreaded any quiz or test that was aimed at my ability to retain the things that should have sank deep. Tests reveal what is actually there. I’ve had my share of passing some tests and failing a few. However, written tests have no comparison to the tests of life. I’ve had those too. There have been times in my life where I’ve had to prove what was actually there. I’ve been tested in my character, integrity, purity, faith, and the list goes on and on. Some I’ve passed and others I’ve failed. Whatever the outcome of the tests of life there is always a common denominator: every test affirms what is true or reveals what is in error.
One thing I’ve learned about God is that he likes to test you at your core. And this is for our good. This was true of Abraham of the Bible. Abraham’s child of promise, Isaac was his greatest treasure and God wanted to test Abraham on what was Abraham’s priority in life. God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Talk about a test! God knew that Abraham would have a tendency to put his son before Him. When it comes to following God he wants to be first. And when Jesus came on the scene his demands were the same. He said this: “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison–your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) God wants to take priority in your life. Nothing else. Not family, not career, not even your life.
We all have things that creep in our lives that scream for our attention and affection. Have you ever wondered how to identify what those things are? An easy way to determine what is at the center of your life is to ask this question: What do I dream about? I’m not necessarily talking about what you dream in your sleep, but the things you daydream about. The things that are constantly on your mind. It could be money, politics, kids, a romantic relationship, your job, possessions. All you have to do is look at someone’s social media page to see what they dream about. Many times it’s the things that are always on their mind that make their way to their page.
There’s no doubt that Abraham dreamed about his son Isaac. God promised he would have a son and Abraham waited years until he was born. I bet Abraham dreamed about Isaac long before he was even conceived. And once Isaac came on the scene God wanted to test Abraham dreams and priorities.
God wants to test your priorities too. Jesus says it’s a daily test (Luke 9:23) and there’s only one question: Is Jesus first?
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Next for the 60-Days-of-Second: Day 12- “Put it Down” by Chad Rigney