Jesus Centered


cross & thornsCol. 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…

We all have something at the center of our lives that drives everything else. It might be an unstable shifting center. It might be rock solid. We might be very aware of it or it might be somewhat hidden & unknown to us. Can you see why this might matter? Life could be very frustrating if something is driving you without you being aware of it. It could be more frustrating if you are aware but naïve as your core driver is actually leading you to spiritual danger. Think Captain Ahab!

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Prov 4:23

Core drivers matter because your heart is the real you! It is important to know what sits at the core of our heart. Even better to choose what is there intentionally. For a follower of Jesus the answer is easy but embracing it can seem slippery. Jesus should be the center of our hearts & lives. Pleasing Him should be the core driver.

What does it look like when a life is centered on Jesus? What can we expect? We will spend the next 12 weeks wrestling with this issue. This week we begin a new teaching series called Jesus Centered: life lessons from the book of Colossians.

My hope for all of us is that we come out the other side with our lives more centered on Him than they have ever been. More fulfilled. More joyful. More effective. More impactful. This won’t happen by accident. So I invite you to be very intentional about engaging us.

To prepare for this weekend, ask Jesus to help you see what is really at the center of your life. Read the short letter to the Colossians. Let it sink deeply in your heart. Then manage your life so show up ready to worship and soak in Jesus’ presence. Prepare yourself for a spiritual alignment. This is part of being Jesus Centered. I’ve been praying for you this week. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

2Pet. 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.