“You’re First” and “You’re First, Too”

 

By Weylan Deaver

In the aftermath of the recent severe hailstorm in Denton, there has been no shortage of roofing companies pounding the pavement, hoping to get to pound on our housetops. It seems common practice for them to stick a sign in their customers’ yards when an agreement is reached. Thus, my neighborhood is dotted with a multitude of signs from a plethora of roofers, one of which is called the “You’re First” roofing company. Now, I know nothing about them and have nothing against them, and give them the benefit of the doubt they are a good business. But, I just found it funny, as I drove down my street, to pass a house with a sign in the yard saying “You’re First,” then to pass the house right next door with a sign in its yard also saying “You’re First.” How can both homes be first to that company? It brought to mind a more important point. We often want to think of ourselves as serving God, but our actions betray that we also want to pursue our own interests at God’s expense. In other words, we’re telling God, “you’re first,” while at the same time saying to self, “you’re first, too!” In reality, it cannot work that way. “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt. 22:37). We can put ourselves first, or we can put God first, but we cannot do both at the same time. Come investigate the church of Christ. We do not promise visitors that they are first, but that we will strive to offer an atmosphere where God and his truth are.