CHRIST: THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS
"For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross." Col. 1:19,20
The Father's purpose is to sum up all things in Christ. Dear believer, is that your purpose as well? It is obvious from what we see around us that this is not the purpose and goal of most of American Christianity. We are very busy planning things, discussing things, and doing things, none of which have their center in Christ! We speak much about a myriad of spiritual topics such as prayer, spiritual warfare, the second coming, bible study, evangelism, faith, love, spiritual gifts, authority and submission, a woman's place in the church, the New Testament order for the church, house churching, etc, etc, etc.! WHERE IS THE SUPREMACY AND CENTRALITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? Even things about Him can become a distraction if they are not centered in Him! Only things that are by Him will be for Him! Let me explain what I mean.
Let's take prayer for example. We all pray at many times for many things. We hear of a need so we pray for that need. Is this prayer centered in Jesus Christ or is it just us responding with the soul? True prayer must be in Him, by Him, to Him, through Him, and for HIm. JESUS CHRIST IS PRAYER! He is continually interceding before the Father's throne.
According to the bible, it is supposed to be Christ in you Who prays, not you! This is the clear teaching of Romans 8 and Galatians 2:20. Our part in prayer is to touch the Lord in deep communion so that He can pray through us and AS US!
Christ is the one who prays, Christ is the prayer warrior, Christ is the intercessor, and Christ is the prayer itself! Prayer is the offering of the Son Himself to the Father!
It is sad to say that most men today are preaching a gospel that is not Christ! They preach a lot about Him, but not much that is Him. Men have studied very hard to learn all about Jesus of Nazareth whom they read about in their bibles but have never taken the time to learn the Christ Who lives within them! They have never waited before the Lord for a deep revelation of Christ. Their gospel will not hold because it was not born out of this revelation. Paul understood this and knew that he could only preach the gospel effectively after he had received this revelation (see Gal. 1). Our gospel today is man centered. We tell people that man is the center of God's plan and that Jesus did everything He did just for us. THAT IS PURE RUBBISH! Christ is the Center of God's plan and Jesus did everything He did for the Father!
Men used to think that the whole solar system revolved around us (the earth). When a Polish astronomer by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric theory he met with much opposition. What? The solar system revolves around the sun, not the earth? It was hard for people to accept the fact that they were not the center! The Son is the center of everything in the visible and invisible realms! Please . . . saints! Let us get back to our Center!