Put Your Oxygen Mask On First
If you have ever flown in a commercial airplane you know that part of the emergency preparedness instructions from flight attendants is that if cabin pressure should change, an oxygen mask will drop down in front of you – and you must put your oxygen mask on first. Then assist others around you. It seems counterintuitive – especially if you are a parent traveling with a small child. You would instinctively want to put your life on the line to save your child and put their mask on first, right?
The truth is we can not save anyone if we don’t take care of ourselves, first. Just as putting our own oxygen mask on first enables us to be able to help others put their masks on – we must be filling up own own mind, spirit & soul with God’s Word and spending time in His presence – before we can share it with others around us.
The only thing that will be in heaven that we are able to take with us are the people that we helped in some way to find Christ. Maybe that is why Jesus began His teaching on the mountainside in Matthew 5 (NLT) with this instruction: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” When we realize we are nothing without Him and we begin to breathe in Christ, we are able to help others to do the same. In the spirit realm, Jesus Christ, is our oxygen. Without Him, there is no life. And how amazing it will be to enter the Kingdom of Heaven and find ourselves surrounded by those who helped us to come to Christ along with those we helped as well.
What if we began each morning by putting on our oxygen mask, breathing Jesus into every fibre of our being, so that we are ready and able to help assist others in breathing Him in as well?!