Keep Jesus Central

December 20, 2010

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Overcome an Identity Crisis. Our generation has a collective identity crisis—a disorientation that comes on people as a result of being brought up under disruptive, fast-paced situations. With all the bombardment that comes with the Information Age, we need to get our priorities straight about who gets our attention. When we make Jesus central in our lives, we overcome apathy, fear, and disorientation and become ignited with something significant to deposit in our world.

Understand the Times. There was a group of people in the Bible, Issachar’s tribe, who were described as understanding the times and who had knowledge of what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). That’s what God wants us to be in our generation! Not like the Pharisees who Jesus said didn‘t recognize the time of their visitation and totally missed what God was doing in their generation (Luke 19:39-44). The plans God has for you are considerable—don’t underestimate your moment.

Jesus fulfills. Jesus is not just one of a myriad of religious concepts in this pluralistic, relativistic world. He is the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6).

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
Blaise Pascal ~ Mathematician, Philosopher & Physicist

Take it to the world. Jesus, the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3), is looking for people whose hearts are completely His that He may strongly support them (2 Chronicles 16:9). If you make Jesus central—your priority, the main deal—it will cause the confusion to dissipate and position you to be a voice in your generation. Reject apathy and trust the Savior to activate you beyond what you can even imagine.

Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35b

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff

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