“Seek first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Living Christ Centered Lives!
The most important relationship in your life, for now and for all eternity, is the one you have with God! It does not mean it is the only relationship you have, but it does mean it must come first. As Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 Just what does this mean, and what does it look like—this Christ-centered life?
What does it mean to live a Christ-centered life?
How do we experience the kind of living relationship with the living God that He intends for us? How do we decide and balance all the other relationships and demands on our lives? These are important and specific questions we will be looking at more closely, but there is a simple answer we can use to help us; Worship, Grow, Share!
Worship is more than just what we do together on Sunday mornings, but it is certainly not less! We value what we spend our time on, and God is worthy of our worship—that means the center of our attention, values, and focus! My late father-in-law was a Rotarian. For years and years he received “perfect attendance” pins from his Rotary club. The club met once a week, and when he could not attend for some reason, he “made up” his meeting by attending another club. As a result, he attended at least 52 Rotary meetings a year for decades! Such was his dedication to the Rotary club. The only thing he took more seriously was his worship attendance! And it showed in his life and was a witness to his friends and especially to his friends in Rotary! What we dedicate our lives to is what we worship, and only God is worthy of that! Coming together with our family of faith to worship our Redeemer is worthy of that dedication!
But beyond worship, we need to be growing in our faith and sharing our faith (in word and in deed) each week. Some churches have referred to this as “worship plus two”. In addition to weekly worship, where are you growing in your faith each week? Are you attending a Sunday school class, or a small group Bible study, or are you taking an online course? Aside from reading, where are you interacting with other Christians who can hold you accountable and who can pray for you, and in turn, whom you can hold accountable and pray for?
And worshipping and growing is great, but if you are not sharing what you’ve learned, if you’re not sharing the blessings of your relationship with God with others you will become like a stagnant pond; all inflow and no outflow. Sharing your faith is not just telling someone about Jesus who doesn’t know him, it is about sharing the good news of a relationship with your Creator that is bringing you joy overflowing, and letting it flow into the lives of others in service. God has blessed you with spiritual gifts; do you know what they are and are you using them to bless others? Jesus said he came, not to be served, but to serve, and he has called us to do the same in his name.
As I mentioned, we will be talking a lot about this Christ-centered living, because it needs to become more than talking, it needs to become what defines us as a Body of Christ! After all, Windwood is not an institution, is as a part of the Body of Christ and we have been called to be the presence of His kingdom in our world. That is important to us, but it is absolutely critical for them!
So, be looking for this graphic “Worship, Grow, Share” and be asking yourself, “Am I worshipping, growing, and sharing?” because that is how we can have Christ-centered lives. In addition, Jesus deserves our worship and when we start living Christ-centered and balanced lives, we will be amazed at what He can do in and through us! Our lives will have many challenges for us, but none that are greater that the God who has loved us, redeemed us, and called us to be His followers! Join me in making “Worship, Grow, Share” more than a slogan, but a definition of Christ-centered living for us as individuals and a congregation.