We continue the study on being intentional about life. The intent of the series is to encourage you to live lives that are not characterized by default, but rather by decision. Today we’re looking at making Christ the center of our lives – This is easy to talk about, but it really takes decisive effort – it takes decisive yielding of our lives and wills to the plan of God, and not our own program – I want to give you some very practical ways to implement this –
JESUS IS OUR FOCUS
• “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” • Jesus is the supreme focus of the Bible – from Genesis to Revelation, God reveals His plan to bring a Redeemer who would not only bring forgiveness of sins and salvation, but would rule over all • If Christ does not reign over the little things in our lives, He does not reign at all • The Surrendered Life • Focusing on Jesus puts everything in perspective! • The root meaning of commitment simply means to follow through!
JESUS IS OUR BOSS
• “Christ lives in me” • John 8:31-32 • If you claim to be a Christian, a follower of Christ, then you hold to His teachings – not just believing, but obeying • The Strengthened Life • Whatever you do, do it whole-heartedly because half-hearted effort gains only half-hearted results! • Excellence holds you to a higher standard – never excuse yourself!
JESUS IS OUR SOURCE
• “The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” • Jesus makes life possible – not only did He create it, He sustains it • He’s the source of not only your life, but of your talents, abilities, energies, desires, & interests • The Secured Life • The world rewards success but God rewards faithfulness! • Having Jesus with you, there’s nothing to fear ahead of you!
Let Galatians 2:20 remind you, that to live an intentional life you have to surrender ALL to Jesus to find strength and security for this life. Each day ask yourself the simple question, “Am I living an intentional life in the power of Christ?”