What does it look like when a life is centered on Jesus? When a family is centered on Jesus? When a church is centered on Jesus? Why should we center on Jesus? How do we go about it? These are core questions God answers in the letter to the Colossian church.
There are such wide differences between groups that claim to be Christian churches that sometimes you wonder if they can really be the same thing?
Can you think of anything timelier for the American church? There are such wide differences between groups that claim to be Christian churches that sometimes you wonder if they can really be the same thing? We are not responsible for all of them We are responsible for the one we share life with. So, I invite you to dig in with me the next few weeks as we refocus ourselves on what Jesus wants of us as a family of His followers. Here is how we kicked things off:
Jesus Centered Means: Continually Deepening Your Understanding of What God Wants.
Our hearts have been polluted by darkness. As a result our gut instinct often points the wrong direction. The good news is God seeks to fill Jesus’ followers with His wisdom. The Bible calls Jesus the light of the world who came to lead us out of darkness. He does this by revealing the truth about our Creator & the life He intended for us.
Embracing the gospel makes is possible to continually grow in God’s wisdom. A purpose of Christ’s presence in us is to transform our minds through filling us with the very wisdom of God.
A practical way to center on Jesus is to read the Bible intentionally. Every time you read, try asking this set of questions, “What does this teach about God? His purpose, character, desire for us? What does it teach about what God wants?” This will deepen your understanding which lead to the next part.
Jesus Centered Means: Continually Aligning Your Life to What You Learn that God Wants.
Our actions demonstrate the priority of our hearts. If we are honest, we all make choices based on what WE want. When we don’t like how life is turning out the starting point is to look in the mirror. For example, many would say “I want to be close to Jesus and spiritually strong.” But their lives say, “I also want to sleep in every day, especially Sunday, to stay up later than normal on Saturday nights, to keep every evening free from other commitments. To travel as much as possible every weekend. To hide what’s really happening in my heart from others, to not take any steps that seem uncomfortable or embarrassing.” Do I need to go on?
When someone is a true follower of Jesus their “want to” changes.
A true follower begins to want what Jesus wants with greater consistency until what Jesus wants and what they want become the same thing. This does not happen accidently.
Growth in God’s wisdom transforms how we live because it helps us better see what Jesus wants. Once we understand then we can choose to embrace it. If we want Jesus centered lives, we MUST align our lives to what He wants. Going back to your Bible reading. After you answer the first set of questions finish by asking this one, “How can I align my life to what I just learned about God?” What does it mean to be Jesus centered in your life?
The bottom line: Jesus Centered means continually Deepening Your Understanding of and Obedience to Jesus.
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, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God… Colossians 1:9-10
Those who do this find joy, purpose, peace and much more that goes far beyond what most find in this world. In invite you to join us in this journey. Join us this weekend to discover more. Parkview Baptist church in Lexington, NE. worship at 9:15 and 11:00.
To hear the full lesson, go to www.parkviewfamily.com. I’ve been praying for you this week. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!