Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
Paul not only understood the importance of priorities in the Kingdom of God but also the source of all things.
Whenever someone does something ‘first’ they are giving priority to that and showing its importance over other things. When it comes to your life, thank the Lord first. I’m sure there are many other people you can thank for your life and the things in your life – such as your family and parents, your pastors, friends, teachers, mentors… the list could go on and on, but the One we should be prioritizing over all others is the Lord.
Paul understood this important principle called “God First”.
Jesus said, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). It’s not just a good idea or a sign of respect; It’s a powerful kingdom principle practiced from the beginning of humanity through first fruits and the firstborn and is still a powerful principle today.
But Paul also says I thank the Lord for "all of you". This acknowledges the Lord as the source of all things. He is the creator of our existence and everything in life. He is the One who dispenses all good things into your life.
James 1:17 (KJV) says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…"
When you understand these two important spiritual truths, that God is your first priority and the source of all good things in your life, you are going to want to thank Him continually, not just first.
Paul says I have not stopped giving thanks for you in Ephesians 1:15-16.
He says he is overflowing with thankfulness in Colossians 2:6-7.
Again he says I always thank my God for you in 1 Corinthians 1:4.
Paul is filled with thankfulness and gratitude because he understands the power and the position of God in his life. He knows that his salvation in Christ is the demonstration of God’s power, and Christ’s lordship over his life is submitting to God’s position of first place.
And when Jesus truly takes this dual seat in your life, where He is both Lord and Saviour, you will see every good and perfect gift flowing down from the Father in heaven and into your life.