I'm Number Three
"Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in Moses' teachings?" Jesus answered him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
“We're number one!” The Boston Red Sox are shouting it in their city streets right now as World Series champs, who I might add, I was rooting for. We're driven deep within to be number one. Some fight for it as if it were life or death. Others wade through life wishing that someone would see them important enough to treat them as number one. Still others stomp on others demanding to be number one; believing that's what defines them.
Jesus, contrary to human nature, taught by example that being number three is far greater. When scratching and fighting for a place or title of prominence we end up leaving others in a wake of pain and agony. Jesus states plainly that we're to love God with all our being and to love others as we love ourselves. I've always found it interesting that those who crush others to be number one become quite indignant when crushed by others in their own quest to be number one.
We must realize what goes around will come around. You aren't the only one who's trying to be on top. We aren't defined by being number one, but by the lives we touch for Jesus. In loving the Lord with our entire being and others before ourselves we'll desire to put the needs and feelings of others before our own. We're commanded to finish this life-race in third place.
Jesus hung on the cross in third place. First place was the will of the Father. Secondplace was the need of mankind. Third place is the sacrifice of His life for the love of us. If Jesus chose to be number three so can I.
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