Which Comes First? by Gary Ellis

Which came first?  The chicken or the egg?  I’ve heard this question all my life.  Until recent days, I haven’t thought it really mattered that much.  But it does!

Many of the concepts of Christianity we’ve been taught are not inaccurate.  They’re just incomplete and/or out of order.  Here’s a couple of examples that will make ALL the difference in your world:

  • In the creation story of Genesis 1, we read this all important distinction that I’d overlooked for years.  “And there was evening and morning the  (1, 2, 3, etc.) day.”  For a successful journey with the Lord, it’s vital that we work from rest.  Evening is rest time.  Morning begins the work of the day.  Most people figure it’s important to work, work, work, by the sweat of their brows.  Work hard for God, then hope He’s blessed their efforts.  From God’s perspective it is critical to “rest in Him” first.  All successful work will then be a by-product of that beginning by centering in and consciously trusting on Him.
  • When you walk into a Christian bookstore, or the Religious section of any book store, you’ll see the next backwards approach to  Christian growth and health.  There are thousands of titles that address some form of Christian Behavior Modification.  It’s true that personal behavior is an important issue we all face.  I would say that most of the behavior counseling in these books and in a great number of Sunday morning sermons is good stuff.  However…which comes first?  The chicken or the egg?  According to the word of the scriptures, it’s about really recognizing what it means to be “born again.”  It’s about the new nature we’ve been gracefully given and operating from that understanding.  Behavior…true Christ behavior… will only result from a solid stand on “Who you are and who you are not in Christ.”  The change that’s needed is not first our behavior…but our believer!  The more that takes hold as our reality, the less the flesh has to cling to.  The flesh cannot nor will it ever behave!  The new man, in Christ, already knows how!

Which comes first for you?  The chicken or the egg?