Several years ago I developed this picture of what it means to live life with Jesus at the center (click image to enlarge). At the center is Jesus and me, in a close, personal friendship. My life is in His hands, I am surrendered to Him.
Outside of the center, my life is a revolving series of persons, places and things, aspects of life that I need to work through, figure out, balance and choose. Every day I make choices about what I will do, where I will go, how I will respond etc.
Living with Jesus is taking each aspect of life captive to Him, seeking His guidance and wisdom for how to deal with that particular area.
Unfortunately, we are often weak at the center in terms of our connection to Jesus. And in the void, one or more of those aspects of life moves in, takes over, and becomes the guiding priority for our life. This area becomes our ‘god’.
The reality is, anything in the center, other than God (as represented to us by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit of God), will lead to a deflated and defeated life. Only through Jesus can we experience the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. in the center of our being. Only in Jesus can we find the wisdom and strength and direction to choose and live wisely in the many aspects of our lives.
There’s a simple song that summarizes this well: “Jesus, be the centre, be my source, be my light, Jesus. Be the fire in my heart, be the wind in these sails, be the reason that I live, Jesus. Jesus, be my vision, be my path, be my guide, Jesus.”
What is at the center of my life? Who (or what) drives me? Jesus is asking me to welcome Him into the center, and to live my life in, for and with Him. He will help me deal with these other areas of life!
What is Jesus saying to me about my money? my job? my sports? my health? my forms of entertainment? my emotions? my anger? my addictions? What is competing for center place with Him? Jesus made it plain, we cannot serve both Him and money (or work, sports, pleasure, etc.).
Jesus is waiting to speak with me about all of these areas. He has a wise perspective that can guide me through all of the challenges and opportunities that life will present me. Will I go it alone, or will I surrender to His wising, loving counsel?
Any thoughts or feedback about life centered in Jesus?