Day 71 – Of first importance

The Apostle Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 15:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

It wasn’t a casual thing he might remember to say.

It wasn’t a message he forgot on the way to work.

It wasn’t the second most important thing for him to talk about, but only after discussing the Patriots’ latest trade.

It wasn’t something he only said in polite, decent company.

It wasn’t something he was shy about because, you know, it might offend people.

For Paul, the salvatory message of the Gospel was of first importance, always. Every day of his ministry, Paul was devoted to spreading that. It was of first importance.

It was of first importance.

It was of first importance.

Can I say it again? I will.

It was of first importance. Meaning, this was a priority. It became before all other tasks and endeavors, before all other pursuits or hobbies. It became before sleep, before eating and drinking — heck, it came before breathing. The Gospel certainly came before comfort.

Now, I ask myself: for me, what is of first importance? That’s not an easy question to answer. But ultimately, I know what it should be.

Again — Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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