“So the last will be first, and the first last.”Matthew 20:16
More than just a clever saying, Jesus’ statement articulates a way of life and the blessing it entails. Jesus calls on his followers to be the kind of people who put others first. As the Apostle Paul says, “Consider others more significant than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). Jesus calls his disciples to a way of life where they prioritize the needs of others above their own. He calls us to this through explicit commands and a clear example – “For even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
This way of life is not natural or easy, but it brings with it blessing. Your marriage will be stronger. Your friendships will be deeper. Your impact for the kingdom of God will be greater. Even more importantly, your humility will reflect the character of Christ our Lord, “so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6).
For this page, I used only the faithfilled digitals and the alpha stickers from the previous kit. I traced the words “first” and “last” that were on the printables. I started out tracing them in blue, and I did not like the look I got from that. I went back over it in black, and I actually like being able to see a little blue still behind the letters. I used a tab punch and a circle punch to cut out a few elements from the printable and layered them at the top. Using one of the labels, I brought some yellow in at the bottom of the page to balance the color. I finished with my date stamp and a cross paper clip.