Memory Verse Challenge (Week 4) – Christ the Center (Galations 2:20)

by Jim Supp Campus Pastor @MBCLouduon

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Even after 35 years of walking with Christ I realize how easy it is to let my own good works done in my own effort take center stage.  I just want to be perfect in everything I do and earn the favor of God and man.  How quickly we forget that not only do we obtain salvation by grace through faith, but that we live the Christian life the very same way.  Sure, we need to get out of bed and ‘Do Something’ each day, but without purposeful thought and attention it will often be our own efforts in our own strength.  Letting – better yet – inviting Christ to live through us in the moment-by-moment activities of life is a lot more elusive than it would seem up front.

One of the biggest causes of this is simply my own desires and plans.  I need to go to work.  I need to mow the grass.  I want to sit and watch the news.  I don’t want to strike up a conversation in line at Costco.  I don’t want to stop and help the person in need along the way.  One way I can continue to ‘crucify myself’ and let ‘Christ live in me’ is to actually take the time to ask the Lord how he wants me to use my time on any given day.  Sure I have things that I have to do to maintain my work and family responsibilities.  When I remember, however, that my time is not my own, and that I have been bought with a price (my time has been purchased too), then can I begin to see my schedule as something to be used at HIS discretion and in HIS power.

So I ask myself, “am I at the center or is Christ truly at the center?”  I think my schedule should reflect the truthful answer to that question.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us to make you the center of our lives.  Aid us in putting you first before any of our fleshly desires or wants so that our schedules will put service of our wives, children and coworkers before our own needs and desires. Convict us and propel us by the power of your Spirit to live out the gospel for the sake of others.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.    

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