3 Spirit-Powered Secrets to Centering Your Life in Christ

by | May 24, 2018 | Woman

I’ve been meditating on Colossians 3:1-4 lately. It’s one of my favorites. In it, Paul instructs us to set our hearts and minds on Christ. In fact, Paul goes on to say that Christ is our life. What does that look like?

As I’ve been meditating on that passage, I’ve grappled with what it looks like to have Christ at the center of my life. Sarah Edwards, the wife of preacher Jonathan Edwards, centered her life on Christ. What’s remarkable is that she had 11 children! Don’t you wonder how she got anything done? As an evangelist, her husband traveled often, so that weight of raising 11 children fell largely on her. Yet she wanted her life centered on Christ, so she found time to cultivate her relationship with Him.

She wrote this about her time in God’s presence: “I was entirely swallowed up in God as my only portion, and His honor and glory was the object of my supreme desire and delight.” Wow! Don’t you wonder how she was able to enter God’s presence so deeply in the midst of raising 11 kids?

I don’t want to diminish the role of grace (and if you’re in the thick of raising kids, you need grace), but I realized that if you’re going to have your life centered on Christ, you have to be intentional. So here are a few thoughts:

Begin Each Day by Surrendering to the Spirit of Christ

In our modern world, it’s easy to forget that our journey with Christ should be a walk of surrender. Paul wrote, “For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). As Westerners, we scream about our “rights.” Here’s the thing: When you chose to follow Jesus, you gave up your rights. Your life is now to be one ongoing act of surrender—His will, His desires, His plans—even when His plans don’t seem fair. It’s so hard to wrap our minds around that. But as I study heroes of the Christian faith, I’m realizing that they understood it. When they followed Jesus, it was a call to die.

When you wake in the morning, make it your practice to affirm the lordship of Christ. Pray before you even get out of bed: Holy Spirit, fill me. Remind me through this day that my life is not my own. I belong to Jesus.

Monitor Your Thought Life

Take a few quiet moments to look deep within. What thoughts fill your mind? Mixed in with positive productive thoughts, you might find resentment, envy, negativity, fear, greed, pride, insecurity or selfishness. Those negative thought patterns get in the way of the spiritual and emotional transformation Christ wants to accomplish in our lives. So it’s important to get rid of them, but how? Certainly the Holy Spirit is the primary agent of transformation and purification in our lives. But we play a part as well.

Teresa of Avila, a famous woman of prayer in the 16th century, understood this. She wrote about her “interior castle,” saying to her readers, “It is necessary that your foundation consist of more than prayer and contemplation. If you do not strive for the virtues and practice them, you will always be small in the faith.” Spend a few moments reading Colossians 3:5-10. Ask the Lord to uproot negative thinking from your life. Instead, when negativity comes to mind, ask the Lord to re-clothe your mind with the characteristics found in Colossians 3:12.

Praise and Thank Him Throughout the Day

Pause throughout your day and thank Him for the good gifts He’s given you. Play worship music in your home and car, and sing along. Learn to live your life as an act of worship to Christ (Col. 3:16-17). Fill your phone with worship music that suits your style, and then let it prompt your praise.

Friend, the bottom line is that you will have to be intentional if you want to center your life on Christ. But it’s worth the intentionality because Christ is your real life. {eoa}

Becky Harling, an author, certified speaker, leadership coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team, is an energetic and motivational international speaker inspiring audiences to overcome their greatest life challenges and reach their full God-given potential. Her most recent book is How to Listen So People Will Talk. Her husband, Steve Harling, is the president of Reach Beyond, a nonprofit organization seeking to be the voice and hands of Jesus around the world. Connect with Becky at beckyharling.com, Facebook or Twitter.

This article originally appeared at beckyharling.com.

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