Placing The Lord first in our lives puts everything in divine order. When we give God the first place, by reading scripture, prayer and meditation, it grants us a governor of guidance. Many of the things that we receive in the outcome are directly connected to where we began with the input. Begin the day asking for divine direction. That's what the elders were singing as they moved about their morning. They sang:
"Order my steps in your word dear Lord
Lead me guide me everyday
Send your anointing father I pray
Order my steps in your word
Please, order my steps in your word...
Humbly I ask thee teach me your will
While you are working help me be still
Satan is busy God is real
Order my steps in your word
Please, order my steps in your word..."
When the Lord who gives us the day is invited by us into our day, great benefits are gained. Benefits like: wisdom, peace and encouragement... patience, positivity and greater discernment. Living a life that places Christ first leads to a humble character, prosperity in vast ways, honor amongst others and a full life. Placing Christ first gives our lives greater purpose, because we take on the things that are important to Christ. We live our lives serving to make life better for the least, the lost, the left out, and the left behind. Christ didn't care to only amass the 99 sheep, He cared about the single wayward sheep that was lost. We were (are) that lost sheep that Christ refused (refuses) to leave. You are that lost sheep that Christ refused to live without. Christ didn't send an under-shepherd to save us. Christ, the Chief Shepherd came to find and save us personally. Why wouldn't we give honor to the one who honored us by the great gift of salvation? Give all glory to the Lord. Give your time to the Lord. Better yet, give your life to Him. He'll make it so much richer.
"But more than anything else, put God's work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well." (Matthew 6:33, CEV).
On January 21, 2000, Reverend Shanan E. Jones was licensed to preach the Gospel at the historic Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts before moving back to Atlanta. In August of 2000, Reverend Jones was not only hired as the Pastor for Public Relations/Political Liaison to the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and its Bishop, but also re-licensed as a Baptist Minister by this house of worship on January 23, 2001. Reverend Jones also served faithfully as the Executive Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church from April of 2006 until December 31, 2017. He was instrumental in building important political, as well as national and international business, relationships for thousands of members and national acclaimed pastors for several years. Reverend Jones coordinated official trips of countless heads of state, international governmental representatives, senators, congresspersons, governors, and mayors who traveled to this Church as guests.