As believers in Christ, are we looking towards Jesus as our treasure?
We have the Calling with Atmosphere Church coming up tomorrow, which needs prayer and guidance. The main focus of this conference will be Jesus and how making Him the center of our lives is the only way that we can be truly effective in our ministries.
I would challenge you to remember how central Christ, the Cross and His Resurrection are to your life. Paul told us that this was of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:1-5). This goes far beyond youth ministry (the context of the Calling).
In our preaching, our churches, and our teaching in general, we must make Christ the focus. While at the Gospel Coalition in Chicago, K. Edward Copeland said,
Once Jesus invaded this planet, the fourth quarter started… We have always been in the last days… and since we are in the last days, we have no time for recreational preaching.
If you preach, lead singing, teach, lead a small group, is this the type of teaching you bring forward? Is your preaching recreational or for Jesus’ glory? It may seem silly to ask considering most pastors affirm that Jesus is the point of the Bible. But you can claim that without preaching it. Is that the case? Paul again affirms the need for this focus on Christ in Colossians:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Whatever you do… so that goes beyond preaching right?
In our lives…
The Bible constantly affirms the need to make our doctrine match our lives.
This is never easy…
Consider 1 Timothy 4:16~
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by doing so you will sake both yourself and your hearers.
How does one keep a close watch on ones self and teaching?
I would argue that if we have Jesus as our constant focus then guarding what we teach will be easier, because we are concerned with the glory of Christ.
And if we are centering our lives on Jesus then won’t it be easy to live by His Will and Word?
There are, however, times where we neglect Christ and His authority on our lives- which is the root of all sin. Because we cannot do this ourselves, we need the Spirit.
Only by the Spirit…
We are told in 1 Corinthians 12:3-
Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Hoy Spirit.
So we must pray, study the Word, and center all our lives around Christ. This means that we need to remember the words of Paul to the Colossians and do all in the name of Christ. Whether it be preaching, teaching, leading, following, going to the movies, serving people, eating out, or whatever else you may be doing, do all for the glory of Christ! (1 Corinthians 10:31)