Is Jesus at the “Center” of Your Life?
When we study to know the Word of the Lord, we find several “constants”. One of which, is “what is in the Old Testament CONCEALED, is in the New Testament REVEALED”. We don’t see an open view of Jesus in the Old Testament but, He’s there, CONCEALED throughout the written truth.
Proverbs 25:2 tells us…It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
So when we begin to search for the revelation of Jesus, we find him throughout the Old Testament in very beautiful ways.
In Genesis we see Him spoken of as “the seed of woman”, in Exodus, the Passover Lamb, In Leviticus, the High Priest, in Numbers He’s the Cloud and the Fire, in Deuteronomy He’s the Prophet like Moses, in Joshua He’s the Captain of our Salvation, in Judges He’s the Judge and the Lawgiver, in Ruth He’s the Kinsmen Redeemer, in 1&2 Samuel He’s the Prophet of the Lord, in 1&2 Kings He’s the Reigning King…and so on, throughout the entire Bible. So the idea of Jesus being first and foremost in every part of our life speaks to us clearly throughout the entire Bible.
In Ezekiel He’s the “wheel in the middle of the wheel”….
…because if Jesus is the CENTER of our life, everything will flow out from “our RELATIONSHIP with Him”
We often try to “do” our Christianity without a great deal of success and can become very disillusioned with the whole thought of “being a Christian”. Our Christianity becomes “works oriented” and we fall over and over again. But when we align ourselves in relationship/fellowship with the Lord of Glory, we become successful and our walk of faith grows and becomes steadily progressive because everything is flowing out from our relationship with Jesus (the wheel in the middle of the wheel).
There are many things that cry out for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our hobbies, our appetites and desires—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.
The first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) states we will have no other gods before Him. Deuteronomy 5:8-9 says, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.”
Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be?
Anything can become a god to us—anything we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even your feelings can become a god if you allow them to control you. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I bowing down to God and His Word or to my feelings?” Feelings are very real and we all have them, However, we must learn to not allow them to control us.
Another challenge we have to confront is living in a world full of humanism and people not wanting God and His Truth to interfere with their lives and routines. It seems we have an epidemic of selfishness in our world today, and this creates all kinds of unhealthy situations.
For example, when people refuse to honor God and follow His wisdom in their decisions, it causes them to become bogged down with worry, resentment and bitterness. Eventually it shows up as sickness and disease in their bodies. And in our culture, this behavior causes a decline in our moral standards and attitudes.
But the good news is, we don’t have to settle for this way of living. In Christ, we can enjoy our lives—abundantly!
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The key to having God’s “abundant life”—His love, peace and joy—is keeping Him in His rightful place (in the CENTER) in our priorities. God said to Abraham, Genesis 17:1 “Walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete, mature)”. Notice that God instructed Abraham to be habitual in walking with Him and living for Him we can do this by establishing daily habits of prayer, worship and regular, consistent time spent in His Word.
The Word of God is amazing, it contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every conceivable human problem or dilemma. His Word brings peace and stability to our spirits and it will renew our minds
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Make it your goal to have a deep, intimate relationship with God. Let Him into every area of your life. If you constantly look to other people for answers and validation, pray about this and ask the Lord to help you stop doing that and instead look to Him.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
As we live to please God, He promises to bless our lives and make us prosper.
When you decide to serve God with your whole heart and make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and peace will increase. Lean on Him more than anything else, and tell Him, “God, I want to do this, but I can’t do it without You.” He doesn’t expect you to live for Him in your own strength or ability, and He understands when you make mistakes, He factored in “the human experience”. He is acquainted with our faults and failures (Is 53:3).
So if you mess up, don’t be discouraged and let it hold you back; confess it and keep going. God will give you grace to walk with Him and build His Kingdom in the earth.