We have been hearing sermons and part of meetings relating to new year resolutions, new visions, new strategies, etc. etc. and we always tell people to step up, tell people to up their faith, tell people to trust God....
But all of this is useless if people don't understand the power of the cross.
Why would I really want to step up? Why would I want to be more devoted in my walk with God, more trusting of Him, more passionate about Him?
The reason why we put God first is because what Jesus has done on the cross. This is the only way people will 'press on', will 'tell the world', will be 'stronger' in their faith - through a total conviction that Jesus died to take away their sins and make them right with God.
Lets not forget the magnitude of what Jesus has done for each and every one of us through the cross of calvary.