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00553 - You Go First

When said to a friend, 'You go first' suggests a reluctance to take risks. Yet, in matters of faith, taking the first step is often where transformation begins. James 2:17 (NKJV) says: "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." 

We set a powerful example for others when we step forward in faith. Our actions can inspire and encourage those around us to move beyond their comfort zones. It’s about trusting God’s guidance and provision without being a show-off or making someone inadequate.

The first step, especially in challenging situations, requires courage and conviction. It’s a testament to our belief in a God bigger than our fears and uncertainties. Doing so opens the door for others to experience the transformative power of active faith. Our willingness to 'go first' can spark a chain reaction of faith and boldness, creating ripples of change for everyone.


When you step out in faith, you encourage everyone to do the same.


Lord, help me to take a step in faith for You. Amen.

Action Point

Of course, make sure to consider the outcome, but you’ll never know if you don’t go first.

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

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