Summary: Is Christ first in everything in your life? How do I know if I’ve made him number one? Listed are three ways you can tell.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: HAVE YOU MADE CHRIST NUMBER ONE?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
TEXT VERSE: 2 CHRONICLES 15:1-15 “And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; the Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord. And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. And they offered unto the Lord the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets and with cornets. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart , and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.”
I want you to look at verse 12. They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all of their heart and with all their soul. Now I want to preach to you today on making Christ number one in your life. It seems like we’re living in a world where Christ is always last in someone’s life. He’s not a Sunday God. I don’t just seek the Lord on Sunday. If you put on your best clothes to come to the house of God just so you can find God here, you’re looking for him in the wrong place. I believe he’ll be here but I also believe he’ll be with you all ways. But we have a lot of people in the world today who want to leave God out of everything. God’s not going to be somebody’s left overs. People today think because they know Christ, that God is automatically going to be with them in everything that they do and every where that they go. He’s not. Most of the time we’re in that old natural mind. Most of the time we’re doing natural things. Most of the time we’re serving in this old natural world but we’re not serving a natural God. We’re serving a Spiritual God and the Bible says we must worship him in Spirit and in truth. Don’t you think for a minute that every thing you’re doing is approved by God. It’s not. We’ve got to make Christ number one in our life. He’s not going to automatically be number one. He’s not going to force himself to be number one if you’re not seeking for him with all your heartand if you’re not making a covenant with him. It’s a shame what people are putting between them and God. Church on Sundays is good but what kind of relationship do you have with him when you’re at home by yourself? Is he number one in your life? (Preacher....we’re having all kinds of problems. If God is last on your list you’ll continue to have them problems.) People get to thinking in their carnal mind that they have him in their life and they’ll just get things right later. You know what makes a good Christian? One that will get on fire for God and realizes that we don’t have much time left. What we’re doing for the Lord has to be done right now. Don’t plan on waiting 50 years. We need to help win lost souls now. Right Now! Every day that goes by that we don’t do that, we’ve set God aside. When he’s number one in your life, you’ll feel good no matter who you’re around. You can be sitting in a Baptist Church somewhere with about a thousand dead beats and you’ll still feel good in the Lord. You know why a smile isn’t on your face? Because Christ isn’t number one. If Christ can’t lift you up...nobody can. I’m not looking for my blessings in this world. I’m looking for them in the Lord. Is he number one in your life? (Preacher, I’m having all kinds of financial difficulties) Put Christ first in your finances and you’ll be the richest man who ever walked spiritually and not have a dime on you. If he’s not number one in your life how can you expect him to be number one in the things that you do?