We just recently started a sermon series in Mainstream youth called: “My Fave Five”. I believe God sees more in us than we do in ourselves and I am always blown away by what God is doing. God is always using willing people. Which shows me that if we are willing God will use us to reach the generations. In Mainstream youth we have a “fave five”, and they are: Jesus is our Center, People are our Passion, Relationships are our Goal, Discipleship is our Call, and Worship is our Lifestyle. Not only are these our core values for our ministry, but they should be the 5 things that drive everything we do as God’s chosen people. This last Wednesday, 10/20/10, Pastor Eric spoke on “Jesus is our Center.” It’s easy to say that Jesus is our Center. It’s sounds good to say that without Him we would fall apart, but do we really live our lives like that? Is He as important as our cell phones, our pay checks, the homes we live in, the cars we drive. Go two months without all those things and you will see what your stability is in. I’m not here to put a guilt trip on anyone or say we need to live without a home, a cell phone or car to be righteous. I’m saying if Christ isn’t taking His place as the center of your life, the one who holds you together, the one who is leading and orchestrating your every step, If he isn’t your CENTER, then you will never find fulfillment, purpose, or contentment in this life. Matthew 6:25-34 says, 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This is a word not only for the people Jesus was speaking to, but also for us today. There are so many things to worry about. Im always trying to figure out how my life is going to play out and I always get frustrated when things don’t go my way. Its crazy that we like the title of “Christian” but never fully grasp what it means to be a “follower of Christ”. Today I challenge you to examine your life, your passions, your desires. And remove the things that are taking Jesus’ place and begin to set him as your center. Lose the crutches, may every foundation that is not Christ be removed from underneath you. No longer shall you place your trust in man or your own strength. Its time to place your trust in Christ. Let him be your strength. Let him be everything you need. Away with a life of mediocrity. Its time to start walking in the full potential that God is calling us. The people of God. A people fully dependent upon him. Yes! Let Christ be your Center and watch His desire prevail over your life, your family and this world.