One of the most important things for a Christ-follower to understand is that Christ is to be the center of the Christian’s life. If we are not careful to keep this truth in focus, then it is easy for other things to take that place, such as church, fellowship, Christian service. If we who seek to disciple others do not teach them this and help them to experience this in their daily lives, then typically by default they will become satisfied with these good things that fall short of God’s desire for His children.
So how do we make Christ the center of our lives? And how do we help a young Christian to grow in this area? Let’s consider first what Christ being the center of my life looks like. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but these are some things that should be true of the Christ-centered Christian (note that the things I mentioned above are included … they are just not central):
- attends church regularly, both to worship God, learn about Him, and fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10: 24, 25)
- serves God as the Holy Spirit leads and has gifted them (1 Corinthians 12: 4-11)
- has regular devotional time (or quiet time), reading the Word and praying (Luke 5: 16)
- seeks the Lord’s will in all decisions, the big ones and small ones (Matthew 7: 21)
- seeks to share the gospel with unbelievers (Matthew 4: 19)
- seeks to influence other believers to be Christ-centered also (John 21: 15-17)
The challenge is understanding that though these things help in the process of becoming Christ-centered, doing them does not make us Christ-centered … they are more like symptoms or indicators that Christ is the center of our lives. Our lives become centered on Christ by abiding in Him (John 15: 5). The key way that we abide in Christ is meeting with him daily for close, personal fellowship, what many call a devotional time, quiet time, or daily altar. Regardless of what you call it, the focus is on spending time with Jesus, talking to and listening to Him. Another major contributor is transforming our thought patterns (Romand 12: 2) by memorizing and meditating on what He said.
My thoughts and the resources available to help a growing Christian establish Christ as the center of his life are numerous, so I will write about these in another or multiple posts.