What's at the centre of your life?
There’s a chocolate ball available at the shops that is particularly delicious. Sure it has that smooth Swiss chocolate that melts in your mouth. Yes it comes in a variety of flavours to please all tastes. But what makes this chocolate special is the gooey goodness that lives in its centre. Once the outside of the ball melts, it’s the smooth melted filling in the middle that is the star.
As I was enjoying one of these chocolate balls recently, I started thinking about what is at the centre of my life. Maybe you have had those thoughts from time to time as well. Because no matter where we live, no matter our relationship status, no matter what work we do or our age or level of education, our lives are centered around something. So let me ask you this morning - What is your life centered around?
Perhaps your life is centered around you, we certainly see a lot of that these days. Maybe it’s centred around your children or grandchildren. Sometimes life is centered around money, or material possessions, what sport you play or success you achieve. It could be centred around your career, or your image. Your life can even be centred around church or ministry. I don’t know what it is for you, but I do know that your life is centered around something.
Now there is nothing wrong with the things I have just mentioned, but they can’t be the gooey goodness at the centre of your life. That place must be reserved for Jesus, His place in your life needs to be at the centre, not on the outside looking in.
When we live a life with Jesus at the centre in all areas - finances, ministry, parenting and marriage amongst others - we align our heart and our thinking with the Lord’s.
And when we get to that place there is a freedom that comes over us. We no longer strive for people’s approval, we no longer claw our way to the top or feel the need to self-promote. Rather, we rest knowing that Jesus is truly Lord in all areas of our life and we place each step we take in His mighty and loving hands.
Galatians 2:20 puts it this way - “Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.”
Now living a Christ-centred life doesn’t mean we are perfect - the truth is we are all a long way from that as we are all a work in progress - but what it means is we are committed to making space for Jesus in all areas of our lives. We are committed to having a posture each day where we die to self.
A Christ-centred life gives you supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding, no matter what you are going through. It helps you to have confidence that no matter how dark the night, that the light of the morning will come. When Jesus is at the centre of your life, He gets the glory for everything that comes your way.
So this morning let me ask you this - is Jesus at the centre of every word you speak, every thought you have and every action you take? Is he the gooey goodness in the middle of your life, the smooth melted filling that is the star or has the centre of your life been filled with something else?
It’s something to think about today.