{Five Minute Friday} Last: So the last will be first, and the first last.

“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16 NKJV

{Today I’m joining the wonderful LisaJo of thegypsymama and a beautiful community of bloggers for the 5 minute Friday writing prompt. Today the word is LAST.}

So many thoughts come to mind with the word “Last.” I immediately think about a conversation that I had last night with a new friend who is a sister in faith. She talked about her life before Christ. And she mentioned that she always had to be first – first in her school and in her career. She constantly needed to be on top. And then she learned that she didn’t need to be first because she had Jesus. She just needed to do her best in the eyes of Christ.

Although I have never been a person to constantly need to be first in terms of competition with others, I have always set really (really!) high standards and goals for myself. And even though there seems to be nothing wrong with setting goals and working hard to achieve them. I wasn’t doing what God wanted me to do or what Jesus wanted for my life. I was doing what “I” wanted and thought was right. I set the goals and I only {without God} set out to achieve them. This was my way of thinking and behaving before I began a life with Christ. It is wrong thinking, not biblical, and not what God calls us to do.

It’s hard when we are taught by modern American culture that we are to be ambitious, goal-oriented, and competitive. We are to live in this dog eat dog world. This is the manner in which we, as Americans, are supposed to live, survive, and thrive. However, this is not the life that God calls us to live.

“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16 NKJV

Life is not a race. And more importantly, no matter what – we are called to follow Christ and what he wants for our lives. We are to strive to have life with Christ. And those of us that truly follow Jesus, with their hearts and souls, will have the greatest reward – salvation and eternal life with Jesus Christ. His heavenly reward exceeds anything on planet Earth. It doesn’t matter whether we were first here or last here – we are all equal in Christ.

I’m still learning this lesson. God is working (working hard I’m sure) to continue to show me how I am supposed to live. I know that I am finding such peace and rest in the Lord when I focus on Him – and not whether I am first to achieve my numerous goals.

Praying that you are living your best life in Christ,

Five Minute Friday


6 thoughts on “{Five Minute Friday} Last: So the last will be first, and the first last.

  1. Becky says:

    I totally identify with your story. Before walking with Jesus in a life-changing way, I found meaning in achieving big things by my own strength in my own way. Kudos from the world but no growth in Christ. Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us that following God and HIS will is the best life of all. Blessings! (visiting from FMF)


    • hopejoypeace says:

      Hi Becky, thank you for dropping by and commenting. You put it beautifully when you said: Kudos from the world but no growth in Christ. That really sums it up. Thank you for telling me your story too. Blessings, Hope


  2. birdiecutair says:

    Thank you for these words. I have always been kind of competitive, well, I guess more than kind of. I don’t have to be first, but I like to be in the top section. And, yes, I think Jesus wants us to give all for him, but not by competing with others or with the world. So I will continue learning from Him how to live for HIm.


  3. Rosanne says:

    I think you can even get that first mentality in doing spiritual things. It’s not about competing though – it’s about obeying. thanks for sharing your heart!


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