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4.7.2020 Live A God-Centered Life

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

I like to accomplish something every day—be it cleaning the house, buying something, throwing other things away which aren’t needed anymore. I’m itching to spruce up the yard—plant flowers, trim trees, paint. Mundane things to be sure.  I often thought my highest calling was to do work for God as well! “God, what can I accomplish for you today?” Then I remembered how He exhorted us to love Him with our heart, mind, soul & spirit—all of us! Then He invites us to worship HIm, praise Him, enter into HIs glory. He says, “Pray for My Kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven!”    

       Whoa, I had been stuck in that works mentality—how can I WORK for you, Lord? And He is asking something altogether different!  I needed help!  Then I found these words of wisdom to help me! This was gleaned from the book Who am I?: Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges

Everyone’s life has a center. Our center is the hub around which all decisions revolve. For some, survival is the hub from morning until night. For others, the acquisition of wealth or material goods drives daily choices. In many Western cultures, the center of life is pleasure-seeking, gained through entertainment or habits of every sort. But a God-centered life is one that revolves around the character of God. Decisions are made from within that center, based upon that which pleases or displeases God. A God-centered person has found that the pursuit of God is life’s highest calling. Earthly enticements lose much of their attraction for someone who has been in the presence of the Lord God Almighty. Attitudes, desires, and relationships are altered by that encounter, and the Word of God becomes a lifeline. A God-centered life is marked by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. These are not personality traits that we can “work on”; they are called “fruit of the Spirit” because, as a fruit tree naturally produces fruit, a life that is fully surrendered to God naturally produces godly qualities. God-centered people are not self-centered. God-centered people pay less attention to the applause of this world, because their motivation is the anticipation of hearing the words “Well done!” from Holy Spirit. Their focus is on becoming more like Jesus rather than acquiring fame and fortune for themselves. A. W. Tozer wrote that “the goal of every Christian should be to live in a state of unbroken worship,” and the God-centered (or Christ-centered) person finds this a delightful goal.

When we realize that nothing else matters and we are willing to let go of whatever is necessary to have more of Him, we are on the way to living in joyful abandon to the things of God.

Here are some scriptures for us to welcome:

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME IN PRAYER: Abba Father, Forgive me for living a self-centered life—and living in a “works mentality”.  Lord, I turn all these old ways over to you today, and ask you to renew my mind, heal my heart and motivations, cleanse my thoughts, etc. (You can add whatever comes to your mind).   I ask you to TAKE OVER today, I cast all my cares upon you.  I want to honor you, please you, and make you smile. I long to hear the words someday----– “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”  Not by WORKING for God, but LIVING FOR HIMI

I LOVE YOU!  Amen!

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