Becoming a “God first” Believer
By Rick Warren
— August 27, 2011
Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15 NCV)
“Me first” believers ask, “How can God make my life more comfortable?” They want to use God for their purposes instead of being used for his purposes.
“God first” believers know they’ve been saved to serve and made for mission. They’re eager to receive a personal assignment and excited about the privilege of being used by God.
Their joy, confidence and enthusiasm are contagious, because they know they’re making a difference. They wake up each morning expecting God to work through them in fresh ways.
Which type of believer do you want to be?
God invites you to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse and most significant cause in history: building his Kingdom. History is his story; he’s building his family for eternity. Nothing matters more and nothing will last as long.
From the book of Revelation, we know God’s global mission will be accomplished, that someday the Great Commission will be the Great Completion. In heaven, an enormous crowd of people “from every race, tribe, nation, and language” will one day stand before Jesus Christ to worship him (Revelation 7:9 CEV).
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. In addition, Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, which was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for ministers. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.