The Center of Your Life

Humor me…
 
Ask random people what they believe to be the center of your life.
 
And don’t just ask people who you think will tell you what you want to hear…
 
Ask people who will tell you what you don’t want to hear. Because, they will be more honest.
 
In fact, ask people who don’t even like you. They will be the most honest.
 
Personally, I believe that if I were to ask most Christians what is at the center of their lives, I believe many would say that it is Jesus (if for no other reason, simply out of obligation).
 
But, if I asked other people what was at the center of those same Christians’ lives, I believe I would get a myriad of answers; and very few of them would be “Jesus.”
 
So please, answer these questions honestly:
 
“Is Jesus the center of your life?”
 
“Would the people who know you and interact with you on a daily basis say that Jesus is at the center of your life?”
 
Because, to have Jesus at the center of your life by imitating and obeying Him through the power of the Holy Spirit (however imperfectly) is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
 
This is why I believe that many of our discipleship efforts so often fail. We are attempting to make disciples out of “Christians” who have no intention whatsoever of actually making Jesus the center of their lives.
 
And without Jesus being at the center of our lives, no discipleship system will work; no matter how well thought out, or how well programmed it is.
 
Therefore, our first discipleship question should always be:
 
“Does this person want Jesus as the center of their life?”
 
Then, the next question should be:
 
“What needs to happen to get Jesus to the center of this person’s life?”
 
After that, a lot of things will simply fall into place.
 
So once again, look at the center of your life; what do you see there?
 
More importantly, what do other people see there?
 
And just because you are a Christian, a church member, a church leader, a worship leader, or a pastor, a missionary, or a seminary professor; that doesn’t make Jesus the center your life.
 
Being those things in and of themselves might even be at the center of your life.
 
Again, things about Jesus being at the center of your life doesn’t make Jesus the center of your life.
 
Even having the Bible, or the church, or theology, or Christian music, or Christian politics, or Christian whatever at the center of your life doesn’t make Jesus the center of your life.
 
Only the real Jesus Himself being at the center of your life makes Him the center of your life; and that is what makes you a disciple of Jesus.
 
And in order to have Jesus as the center of your life, you will need to have His words, teachings, commands, example, and His ways at the center of your life.
 
And in order to have those things at the center of your life, you will actually have to study and know them with the intent of making them the center of your life. They don’t just magically appear there.
 
So, do you want Jesus as the center of your life?
 
Do you actually want Him there no matter what it takes; no matter what it costs?
 
And if so, what needs to happen to get Jesus to the center of your life?
 
Because, we would like to help you do that.
 
 
To learn more about what it means to be and make disciples of Jesus, start here and follow the link at the end of each article to the next one: The Four Principles of Discipleship…
 
 

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