The world and carnal Christians will never understand God’s ways; for example, the way up is down, the way to get is to lose. And so it is with those who desire to be first, win the race, if you please. “The last, says Jesus, shall be first.”
THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT
Getting there first has no guarantee attached to it. John outran Peter to the tomb, getting there ahead of him, but it was the latter who went in and saw where the body had lain. John only “looked in,” but he didn’t go in till after.
OUTSHINING A BROTHER OR SISTER
In the story of Joab sending David a report of Absalom's death, Cushi started running first with the message to king David, but Ahimaaz outran and outshone him by overtaking him and arriving first, but was told by David to, “Turn aside.” No message.
REMEMBER THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE STORY
Jacob was crippled by his God, so that he could no longer keep up with his brother. He had, according to his own testimony to “lead on softly.” Isaiah makes a great statement in his writings, “The lame take the prey.” Like the four lepers in 2 Kings, seven.
The second birth, the second mile, the second veil, the second Man, are all better than the first.