Jesus Be The Center

Daily Bible CoverAs we enter into a compilation of laws and precepts given by God, we see a huge difference between a God-pleasing life in the Old Testament and one that is pleasing to him in the New Testament.  Yet at the same time there are a lot of similarities.  Because of what Jesus did on the cross we no longer have to involve ourselves in an intricate system of animal sacrifices.  But where we see the similarity is in how we approach the exclusivity that God wants from His followers Our passage begins with God’s statement, “I am the Lord God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.”

Secondly, He makes it absolutely clear that we only worship Him.  Nothing else, no one else is to be a captivating entity in our lives.  Nothing else is to be ahead of our devotion to Him.  There is a worship song that Pastor Nate introduced to us that embodies the primacy of God in our lives.  That song goes like this:

Jesus be the center of my life

Jesus be the center of my life

From beginning to the end

It’s always been, it always will be

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

The other day in our home, Linda was playing an old song on the piano.  As I remembered the words of this song, I realized that the song writer was saying the same thing as the “Jesus Be The Center” song.  The words to the old song went like this:

Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all

He gives me strength, from day to day, without Him I would fall

These precepts that we read about show us that our relationship with God Is something to be handled with great care and concern.  They show us that what we have in God is to be wrapped with intentionality.  We cultivate it.  We water it.  We cherish it.  And we deliberately continue to elevate it to the place of highest priority in our lives.  We are conscious that to do anything less is to usher idolatry, which God forbids, into our lives.

After today’s reading, it is obvious how seriously God takes all of this

So, the question for today is pretty simple.  Is Jesus the center?  Is Jesus all the world to you?  Is He the center of it all?  Is there anything else in the world that is more important to you?  I’m glad that some things have changed from what would happen in the Old Testament.  The penalty for idolatry then was death.

Maybe it would be worthwhile for us to pause amidst the clutter that many times makes up our day and offer up a prayer to our Lord that would keep us on track:

Lord, I will never worship the kind of idols that I read about in the Bible.  But if I am not careful, I can find myself elevating other things in my life until I care more about them than I care about you.  Please help me to keep things straight in my life with you at the center.  Thank you for loving me so much.  Amen