And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:15
Yesterday, we learnt about the relationship between remembrance and being stirred up. We said we were going to revisit some things communicated to us at the beginning of the year.
At the beginning of this year, there were four things we were instructed to do and pay attention to all through the year. The first is the commitment to being Christ centred. What does it mean to be Christ centered?
Our opening scripture posits that there ought to be a henceforth moment in the life of a believer. This is that moment when you decide to live for the One who died for you. We truly believe that Jesus died for us when we begin to live for Him. This is that point where His desire becomes our overwhelming pursuit.
The context of being Christ centred can be found within the ambit of what He has done. The incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus speak of His heartbeat- His commitment to saving man. This is the highest display of God’s love.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It takes faith in the operation of God to see that all He did in Christ, He did in us. This is what maturity in Christ produces in you.
While it is wonderful we reminisce on the love God has for us, we must also realize that His love bestows a responsibility on us. We are to love as He loves, not just those who ‘deserve’ it, but the ‘undeserving’ as well.
1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
This is what it means to be Christ centred! We become Christ centred when His ambition, plan, purpose and will find expression in us and through us – when His heartbeat becomes our heartbeat.