Centred

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend our ACM National Conference for 2017. The conference this year featured some great guest speakers who shared around what it means to be God-centred or centred on Jesus Christ in this life.

So what does it mean? How do we live lives that are centred on Jesus? What does a God-centred life look like?

One writer says this about people who live God-centred lives:

"God-centered people are humble rather than conceited. Just as Christ did not come to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45), God-centered people seek to serve. They do not take advantage of their own rights and privileges, but instead, they use their rights and privileges for the benefit of others. Even though God-centered people are free in Christ, they do not view their freedom “as an opportunity for self-indulgence,” but instead they are free to “become slaves” to others (Gal 5:13). One way they do so is by actively looking for ways to bear other people’s burdens at their own expense (Gal 6:2). They imitate God by living “in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph 5:1-2). They glorify God by welcoming others, especially those of a different race or social class, by showing them the same kind of hospitality Christ showed them (Rom 15:7). And above all, they love other people in a way that reflects the love God showed in Christ (1 John 4:7-12)."

I don't know about you, but I want to live a God-centred life. I want to be a person who serves others... who bears the burdens of others... who loves other people with God's profound, sacrificial love! The great news for us is that being centred in Jesus is not something that we do in our own strength, but we are empowered to live such a life by Jesus Christ who lives within us. As Galatians 2:20 (ESV) says:


"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."


God longs for us to open our hearts to His Son to allow Him to live in and shine through our lives. Let's give Him that room and allow Him to continually transform us into people who accurately reflect and draw others to Him as we remain centred in Him!

Blessings,


Ps Joel Hawting

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