Three men were on a cargo plane heading to a disaster zone. A pastor, a brilliant scientist invited by the government, and an intern from Australia were asked to come for the relief agency.
As they settled in for the long flight they introduced themselves. The scientist asked why the pastor was invited since he would be basically useless in the disaster zone.
“I perceive that you are not a person of faith?” He replied.
“Of course not. I’m a brilliant and highly respected scientist. Science has all the answers. Humanity is evolving beyond you.”
The pastor gave the intern a wink and started to read the book he brought.
Thirty minutes later, there was a loud bang and the pilot emerged from the cockpit. He grabbed a parachute and yelled, the plane is going down and only two parachutes are left before he jumped out of the plane.
The scientist immediately stood up and said, “I’m taking one because I am very important,” and jumped out of the plane.
The pastor looked at the young intern and said, “Son, I have lived and I know where I am going so I think you should take the last parachute.”
“No worries mate!” the intern said, “The brilliant scientist just grabbed my backpack and jumped out of the plane. There are still two parachutes left!”
It is an old joke but it does have a point. It doesn’t matter what you believe, or how smart you think you are, everyone is governed by the laws of physics when they jump out of a plane. If you don’t order your life around those laws, then you lose your life. Putting on a parachute before you jump is ordering your life around those laws.
This is true across the board. If your life is out of order, especially when it comes to spiritual issues, you lose your soul.
Jesus said, “If your remain in Me, and I in you, then you will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15)
This is the principle of the first. You must first be in Him before your life can produce the fruit from Him being in your life.
You must practice the principle of the first, by putting Jesus first…first. You can’t ask Jesus to change your life, work in your life, transform your circumstance before Jesus is first in your life.
So many people misunderstand this principle. They get frustrated with God all the time. They want Jesus to do great things in their life before He is first in their life. This is a life out of order.
If you are personally hitting tough times, then how you go through them is dependent on how you are practicing the principle of first. This is more than just “knowing your priorities”. It is about setting your life in order…first.