How we fail at living a Christ centered life.
This is how easy it is to fail at living a Christ centered life: You wake up and the day starts to go downhill, as you step on your kids’ lego, spilling your coffee and hitting your funny bone on the side of the counter. You continue to have a bad attitude because things are just not going the way you planned. Your husband left toothpaste stains all over the bathroom sink, his socks are in different corners of your bedroom, your hair dryer broke and you are running late for work. Suddenly you remember you still have two kids to feed breakfast. You sigh as you look at the TO-DO-LIST posted on your fridge that’s been weighing you down because you just don’t have time to complete it.
Living everyday for “Me”.
Last night as you lay awake, you had tomorrow all figured out. Littlest to the biggest detail. You even make a mental note of what kitchen cabinets you need to buy next week. You were going to pick the kids up from school and come home to cook a perfect meal which you too, already planned and shopped for. After homework, they would bathe and get ready for the next day. Youd clean and listen to your husband complain about his co-workers. And after all that, you would decide it is time for YOU to relax. So you settle down, get comfortable and do what makes you happy. Only after there is only about ten minutes left of your entire day, you remember Jesus. You said a quick prayer and fall asleep fast.
What about Jesus?
You have your whole life figured out. Beginning to end. You know what car you are going to buy, what job you’d interview for. And even though your child is only ten, you already have a college picked out for him. Here you are already stressing out about saving for his college fund.
Where does Jesus fit in? Is there room for Him in your busy day?
You see, we tend to live our lives as if this life was it; as if there was nothing beyond this life of ours. We are carnally minded 99% of the time. We live entirely for ourselves. You might say, “I live for my children”, but doesn’t that mean you live for yourself as well? Our every day is so full of vanity, we become immune to not living a Christ centered life. It becomes normal.
What were you created for?
We lose focus as early as we awake. We get up and we go, go, go. It is all about us. Although things like buying a house, having a working car, earning an income are essential, they are not what we were created for. When God made a man and women, “God blessed them and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it”. (Genesis 1:28) But our destiny did not end there.
Did the Lord create you only for carnal living? For bettering yourself? Do you think the Lords plan was “I will create a human so that he may get married one day?” Or do you think your main goal in life is to raise well-brought up children? Maybe for landing a super job and becoming very successful? We have a tendency to live as if we were created for this life and not the next.
God knew you before you were even conceived. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:5). If He cared enough to know you when you were not yet you, it must have been because He intended something so much bigger than this earthly life?!
Created for His Glory!
Scripture reminds us the real reason why we are here. The Lord says “For I have created him (man) for My glory!” (Isaiah 43:7). In Revelation 4:11 we see that we were created for His pleasure alone, “and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” He had made us so that He may “redeem us from all iniquity, and purity onto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”. We were made for good works! For doing the work of our Father.
“Here’s a job for you”, says the Lord. “Further My Kingdom!”
We were made to further the Kingdom of God here on earth, meaning doing meaningful work for Him. We were not created to “build our own little kingdoms here on earth”. Matthew 6: 33 reminds us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness”. And then all “these things” will be added to us. What do you think this verse is saying? It is saying that if you focus on whats most important, which is serving the Lord and working for His kingdom, He will take care of the rest-your job, your finances, your children and etc.
The Lord never meant for you to try to build a beautiful life here on earth; He meant for you to serve Him and to live for Him and for that, He promises to take care of you in all ways possible. Don’t we have it all backwards? Isn’t it ridiculous how our focus is to have this life we envisioned and we fight to death to get it the way we want it? We work so hard to get to where we want to be and we expect the Lord to help us and to bless us and to keep giving to us. When in all truth, it is completely the opposite.
He simply says, “seek me, what I need from you, do what I made you to do for Me and I will take care of you”. God did not make you for You. He made you for Him.
What else are you here for?
(Titus 2:14). Our duty here on earth is to Fear God and to keep His commandments. (1 Corinthians 1:9). We were also called onto fellowship with His Son Jesus. Isn’t that wonderful? God created us so that we would fellowship with him? Doesn’t that make you want to live a Jesus focused life?
Is Culture playing a role in helping us fail at living a Christ centered life?
I was raised in a culture where marriage at a young age was almost required. That was what everyone did. And if you didn’t, you were looked at like you were not normal. Your parents would start to worry about you. They would even begin “spouse hunting” on your behalf. Their main concern is “How would we look to people if they knew our 30 year old child isn’t married?” The American culture is a bit different than the one I was raised in; children are expected to get into college, one way or the other.
Involving the Lord instead of doing what everyone else does.
Getting married or going to college are not bad things, in fact, they are wonderful. That is not the point. What about asking the Lord what He wants for my life? Does He want you to get married? Does he want you to start a family or go to college? Has it ever occurred to you to ask the Lord if it is His will for your child to go to college?
We are so prone to making these “life decisions” for ourselves because we are settling for this life and not the next; we are carnally minded and are not focused on the things above, meaning our focus isn’t to serve the Lord, it is to serve ourselves.
Things of the Spirit.
What if as we awoke every morning, we focused on “life eternal”? Things of the Spirit and not of the flesh? That is why we have bad attitudes. This is why we are irritated when things don’t go our way. We worry and stress over earthly things because our focus is entirely off. This life is not about us!
Carnal Living vs. Christ Centered Life
Living for yourself here on earth is not pleasing to the Lord. Of course God wants you to have the desires of your heart. But He wants you to know that those things are not what you were made for. So, living for those things alone, is satisfying your flesh and is called carnal living.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is who God sees when He looks at you, if you have ever believed onto Him in your heart. Jesus is your only way to reconciliation with God. There is no other way to be known by the One True God, other than through His Son Jesus. Through Jesus, God reveals Himself to you. Jesus redeems. He is whom God judges the world through.
Why do we breathe? Why does our heart beat if not for the advancement of Gods Kingdom? Whenever we are not living a Christ centered life, we are showing that Jesus Lord isn’t everything to us. “What did you do with Jesus Christ?” will be the question when we face God.
Live a Christ centered life and you will experience joy!
If your life today is devoted completely to building your perfect kingdom on earth, rededicate your life to Him and you will experience joy unspeakable. To know more about Jesus and why you should live a Christ centered life, read the next post called “Jesus Christ”.
I pray and hope that you are choosing to live a christ Centered life; that you are walking with the Lord as your confidant, your only constant, and as your personal savior! May the Lord bless you and reveal Himself to you.