Keeping first things first

Doug Boock

I was once a salesman – not a very good one, but a salesman nonetheless.

Occasionally, though, I’d “hit a home run.” I’d make a big sale. That was fun. It was a nice change from the usual, which was to sell nothing. 

Still, I often noticed something missing when those big sales came: true joy. It taught me a lesson.

What I discovered is that unless it’s accompanied by good fellowship with Christ, it's not worth much. The joy of succeeding – or anything else, for that matter – is tainted. It’s not nearly as fun.

If we're not enjoying Christ first, we can't fully enjoy anything else.

In a prayer to His Father in John 17:3, Jesus notes the incredible importance of fellowship with Him. He says, “. . . this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Jeremiah 9:23-24 also speaks of the importance of knowing God and having daily fellowship with Him. It says:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me . . .”

Being in fellowship with God is what our souls most desire. It’s the only thing that truly satisfies.

The “joys” of this world won’t do it. In fact, they can't. And they weren’t meant to. Only a relationship with Christ will fill that void.

That's why you'll hear many people – including the rich and famous, such as professional athletes and movie stars – say they feel empty, despite having money and material things. They don't have Christ, nor fellowship with Him. 

How about you? Do you feel an emptiness, like something’s missing in your life? It’s Christ.

If you’ve never invited Him into your life, why not do it now? He’ll fill that void.

Or, if you’ve already accepted Christ, are you seeking daily fellowship with Him? If not, you’re probably finding what I found:

The rest of life is hollow if the priority of life – fellowship with God – isn't first being met.


"And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”  –   John 6:35