Life is a day-by-day search for what is best and what we should do. Where do we go and who will we be with?

What is it that we concentrate upon, and what do we come to believe? The choices and directions are overwhelming unless we come to realize the futility of our own ability to know it all. When Christ becomes first in our heart, we then can move forward in complete satisfaction. The joy of wanting Jesus as our top priority should daily be promoted into our lives.

James D. Murch wrote the words and then developed the music for the song entitled “I’ll Put Jesus First in My Life.” I had never heard the song but quickly agree with the words and thoughts:

“The world all about me has now no allure:
Its pleasures bring pain, Its wisdom is vain;
I seek a foundation that’s steadfast and sure:
Then I’ll put Jesus first each day in my life.
In all that I say, in all that I do,
Thro’-out the world of toil and strife,
By day and by night, Through trust in His might
I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”

These words describe the Heaven-bound convictions that Jesus alone has for each of us that choose Him as Savior. We read His words in the Sermon on the Mount that explain the truth that applies so well to us today: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). Jesus then describes in verse 33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He alone gives us direction for the right priorities that we so greatly need.

The first priority that embraces all other decisions in our lives is that we seek to honor Jesus Christ and His righteousness more every new day. There is nothing of better encouragement and joy available!

This gives to us the awareness priorities that we so seriously need to know. They are enshrouded in what Peter writes to us in 2 Peter 3:3-4: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying: ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For … all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” We have so much of these indications in our world today that most Christians think that Christ is coming soon. The heresies we receive through the media efforts every hour certainly promote evolution and a long list of anti-God and anti-Bible pressures.

Our alertness to what we see today should then change the Christian to daily grow more Christlike. What we gain from the King James Bible wants to benefit our lives, families, what we say and the things we end up doing. Years ago, the Christian was more centered in the satisfactions of life and generally felt restricted in telling others about the wonderful change Christ had made for them.

We are at the time now in which anti-God philosophies should have awakened us to get more gospel and tracts sent out each day. We need to talk to others about their need for Christ. It is important that we promote Jesus Christ to others with a stronger heart. When we begin to realize that we will one day have to explain to Him in Heaven about why we did not encourage others on earth to truly be saved, then we need to get seriously busy!

Not only must our lifetime priorities be centered in our awareness and over our behavior, but also in our giving. Our song proclaims words like: “Here Lord, I give myself away, it’s all that I can do!” Everything about what we say is important: our possessions, talents, time and degree of physical health and actually everything even belongs to God. We please God when we yield to Him and fully give our lives each hour more fully.

The second verse of our song today says:

“The Lord Jesus died, my salvation to win:
He went in my stead to Calvary and bled;
Redemption impels me to give up all sin.”

The verse then ends with the strong words that “I’ll put Jesus first in my life.” Going to the Christ-honoring church is highly important to do every time the doors are open and the folks are there. None of us fully understand why Christ died for our salvation to win, but the more we know about it, the greater is our joy and desire for more of Jesus in our lives.

The Christian has a high priority to present and then to explain the witness that need to be heard and seen by others. Our salvation is expected by God to be told to others with a heart of compassion and concern.

Paul writes clearly the Bible truths he received: “how that Christ died for our sin according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). These are truths that the Holy Bible continues to make available to whoever will receive them.

The final verse of the song “I’ll Put Jesus First In My Life” tells us:

“Tho’ earth’s tribulations continue each day,
Tho’ pleasures may call, Tho’ evils enthrall,
His grace will protect me forever and aye:
I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”

The chorus:

“In all that I say, In all that I do,
Thro’-out the world of toil and strife,
By day and by night, Thro’ trust in his might
I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”

These wonderful thoughts need to be repeated to our lives and prayers all through the day. Nothing can be more important than the final statement that is fresh and yet eternal: “I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”