Don't forget to put God first in your heart

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We need reminders. We set alarm clocks to remind us of appointments. We ask family members to remind us of important events. We may put “sticky notes” in conspicuous places to jog our memories.

There may be so many things going on in our lives that it can be easy to forget the Lord and the commitment we have made to put Him first.

Sadly, it often takes sorrow or difficulty to remind us that we need to put the Lord first and not waver in our commitment to Him.

Jesus likened some who have a relationship to Him as if they were soil that the seed of His Word fell on, but being shallow and lacking belief, the Devil comes and takes the seed away.

He likened others of us to rocky soil the seed fell on and immediately the seed sprang up — but when trouble or persecution breaks out, we stumble and fall away.

He likened others of us to soil that was “thorny” and when His loving Word fell on our hearts, we allowed the weeds of riches, things, and daily cares to choke it out.

Then He spoke of those who receive the seed of His Word deeply into the good soil of their hearts and continue in their faithfulness to Him, bringing forth the fruit of His love and goodness.

The Lord seeks the faithfulness and commitment of those who have true hearts for Him. He gives us grace to make the decision to be faithful to Him. He was good to us beyond words when He sent His one and only begotten Son to die for our sins on the cross, raised Him from the dead, exalted Him to His right hand, and promised that He will return again as King, Lord, and Judge of all.

He loves us and wants us. He has an eternity of glory and goodness waiting for us. He is worthy of faithfulness, devotion, sacrifice and service.

He knocks on the door of our hearts and will honor our decision.

The Rev. Greg Brownell is pastor of Dayton United Brethren Church in Dayton. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at catherinehicks@wwub.com.

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