Christ centered… two words that are so often talked about, yet so rarely lived out.
In churches you may hear, “We want Christ to be the center of our ministry”… In families you may hear, “We want Christ to be the center of our household”…from individuals you may hear, “I want Christ to be the center of my life.” How come talking about Christ centered living rolls so easily off our tongues but so rarely is seen demonstrated through our lives? Do we actually pursue Christ like we truly want Him to be the center of our lives? What do we think Jesus meant when he said, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30). Do you think Jesus meant this to be something we simply esteem and talk about frequently, or do you think he meant that we actually love God above everything else? When we say a Christ centered life, do we actually mean that Christ is in the center? Or do we simply say it because it sounds like a good solid “Christian” thing to say?
Enough of the excuses why Christ can’t actually be in the center of our ministries, families, and personal lives. As it says in James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Let’s not continue on with Christ as a side attraction (“Claiming we want Him in the center”) while attempting to keep one foot in the world. It’s time that Christ becomes the center of all we do, not simply in word, but also in deed.
“These words of God are not before us for our consideration; they are there for our obedience and we have no right to claim the title of Christian unless we follow them.”
God’s Pursuit of Man (128)