Written By: Thaddeus Summers
” The First Will Be Last and The Last Will Be First” I’ve heard this phrase countless of times throughout my life yet I never really understood the meaning behind it.I always thought it was weird and backwards. I knew enough to realize it implied the people on the top of the hierarchy on earth will be at the bottom in Heaven. Which is true but that’s just merely scratching the surface of what this really means.
Mathew 5:6 better illustrates the meaning behind this which states:” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” This verse is straightforward and blunt but you still may be asking how does it apply to ” The First Will Be Last and The Last Will Be First”
Let’s get into it. As humans, we gravitate to people places and things that satisfy our flesh. When we give into our sinful desires it provides us with temporary happiness but it leaves us empty wanting more. On the other hand, when you deny the things of the flesh it feels bad and uncomfortable BUT it’s freeing to your spirit because you’re putting God before your own selfish desires. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”. Which will fulfill your spirit and all that temporary happiness and pleasure ETC… Will be added to you that you thought you passed on and will fill you and make you whole in such a way no one can take it away as long as you’re seeking God first those things will come naturally.
It Irks me when I hear Pastors over-romanticizing Christianity because it leaves new believers ill-prepared and unequipped.So they feel blindsided when they come up against adversity. The truth is Christianity is uncomfortable to your flesh sometimes scary and seemingly less fun. But when you seek refuge in Gods power and put his will befoe yours he will give you everything you need everything you think you lost and everything you never knew you wanted on earth. The best part is You will be LAST on earth (in many ways) but by doing this you will be FIRST in heaven.