First word that pops into your head when I say “CENTER?”
Is it a circle with a dot in the middle? Is it the the Duck, Duck, Goose game where all the little children are surrounding the one kid in the pot? Is it the nucleus of a living cell? Is it a heart? Is it Christ? What does the word, CENTER, mean to you?
I believe that the word center entails something that you are so focused on that you center all of your time, effort, money, and relationships around it. Everything has to be approved by this “center,” and you won’t live your life without it because you feel like you would die without it. You regret your past without it, you yearn for it in your present, and you run towards making it part of your life in the future. It has a grip on you, and you really don’t mind. You want it to be in your life even when you don’t necessarily feel like it is there.
As I have realized over the past year, there is NO way that we as “followers of Christ” can live our lives without him being the center of it. We say we love him, but do we really accept that we might have to sacrifice everything to keep him at the center of our lives? Do we really want to give up that addiction to porn to live a pure life with him? What about that hobby that isn’t necessarily bad, but it steals our precious time away from things that we could be working on to improve our lives and those around us? Do we really want to give up that friend who holding us back from from getting good grades in school? What about that boyfriend or girlfriend who is taking us farther than we ever wanted to go? Will we really break up with them in order to discover the overwhelming plans that Christ has in store for our lives?
Reasoning with myself on this topic over the last couple of weeks, I began to have a very acute feeling of worthlessness. Sure, I could make Jesus the center of my life, but would it really change me? Why would I make this effort for him to be the center if I knew that I have always and would always mess up? I didn’t want to disgrace his name, therefore I considering not even advertising his name. But those were. all. lies.
We don’t have to live with what is wrong with us, but live with what is right in Jesus.
He says that He has redeemed us from our past lives, that we will take our old heart of stone from us and create a new heart of flesh so that we may have all joy, all peace, and be perfect through him. He has been working in us, and he promises that he WILL complete it, if we keep him at the center of our hearts. In our human minds, we couldn’t possibly think that the spirit will speak to us about every aspect of life, but in reality (isn’t it funny that as really as humans are, the Holy Spirit is more real?). Christ says that we will hear a voice being telling us the right way, we need only follow him. Jesus needs to be the center of our lives.
There is a song that has this line of lyrics in it: ” From my heart to the heavens, Jesus be the center of my life.”
This is a prayer for Christ to take over our lives. From the intricate workings of the heart, the emotions, the worries, the fear. Outward to our relationships, our jobs, our studies, the activities that we are involved in, Jesus needs to be the center. But here is the pivotal recognition:
Christ wants to be the center of your life. He wants to comfort you when you cry. He wants to be that best friend that you can come and rant to. He wants you to cast your cares on him, because you are the apple of his eye. He wants to cuddle with you and carry you when you can’t walk anymore. He wants to renew your strength, but you first have to call on him.
This means that even when we don’t feel like it, Christ needs to be the center of our lives. We need to make the effort that he has already made. He is as close to us as he will ever be, He just wants us to draw closer to him. He is waiting for you.