Read & Reflect
Fill in the blanks:
Jesus is the center of .
Jesus is the center of .
Jesus is the center of the .
Is there anything that Jesus isn’t the center of?
Come on. Think really hard about this one.
Read Hebrews 2:8. What does this verse say Jesus rules over?
But it also says that we don’t see Jesus ruling over everything right now. Why do you think this is?
How many people do you know who have Jesus as the center of everything that they do?
This is a pretty hard claim for anyone to make. Ever since Adam & Eve ate the fruit in the garden, every human being (except for Jesus) has been a sinner who has rebelled against God in their words, their actions, and their hearts.
Think About It
Read Romans 14:7-9. What does this say about Jesus and you?
Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What is Jesus the author & perfecter of (in verse 2)?
Read Hebrews 11:6. What does it take to please God?
The one thing in this world that Jesus longs to rule over is also the one thing that has a nasty habit of rebelling against Him: The Human Heart.
What do you think I mean when I say “The Human Heart”?
I am not just referring to the fist-sized organ that is beating away in your chest, pumping blood from and to the rest of your body (as important as that little muscle is). I am referring to the very core of your being: the part of you that desires things, that feels emotions, that loves, that hates, that gets angry, or gets sad. Your heart is the part of you that makes decisions and judges. Scientists want to tell you that all of this happens in your brain, but this simply isn’t true. Your brain is the part of your body that interacts with your heart (soul can be another word for ‘heart’), and scientists are able to see the action in your brain that corresponds with all of these different things. Nevertheless, who you really are is your heart, or soul, according to the Bible. Nobody can see your heart. This is who you really are.
All that being said, remember this: Jesus wants your heart to be fully His. Check out this verse: 2 Chronicles 16:9. What is God looking for in this verse?
What do you think it means for a heart to be fully blameless toward God? To be fully His? (Hint: It has a lot to do with Hebrews 12:2 & Hebrews 11:6)
God wants your heart. Out of all the things that Jesus is the Center of, perhaps He desires most to be the Center of your heart. That is why He gives you every good gift that He does. That is why He has given you His Word (the Bible). That is why He has caused you to be born. That is why He holds your body together with the word of His power. He wants your heart.
Confess to God the ways that your heart is not fully His. Ask Him to change these areas of your heart. Ask Him to help give you a new perspective on all of the things in your life that are His good gifts to you: even the things that you don’t like. All of these things are meant to draw you to Him. Will you willingly come?
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”