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Centered Upon Christ

March 13, 2016

The choir opened with a beautiful special for us Sunday, with Your Grace Finds Me.  And what a wonderful place that is to be…right where God’s grace finds us.  Breathing in Your Grace and breathing out Your Praise.  Thank you for sharing that with us choir.

 

Pastor Joey led us this week to be Centered upon Christ.  He gave us the illustration of a wheel.  A wheel contains three parts at minimum:  Hub, spokes, and the wheel itself.  The wheel he used had a hub center, four spokes, and the wheel on the outer rim.  In the center of the hub was Christ himself, which is where He should be in a Christian life.  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  Coming out from the hub, going to the top, is a spoke.  The purpose of a spoke is to support the wheel from the hub.  How appropriate is it that the support spoke to the top is Prayer.  To the bottom, we have the spoke of God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 gives us the promise of God’s word:  All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.  The spoke to the left is fellowship.  Just like the wheel needs support from the hub, so do fellow Christians need support:  Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.  The last spoke, to the right, is the spoke titled Witnessing.  And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  The wheel supported by the spokes is titled Obedience to Christ.  He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.  Does your life wheel look like this?  Is Christ at your center?  Do you have the support spokes you need:  Prayer, God’s Word, Fellowship and Witnessing?  What do you need to do to fix your wheel? 

 

 

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