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20th May: Christ, the Centre of Life

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

It is essential that Christ should be the centre of every part of our life. Someone said: 'If you don't worship the Lord at home, if you don't worship the Lord at work, in the office, in the school, you will know very little of worship on Sunday morning'.

So often we lose sight of the purpose of Christ's redeeming work, that we may have eternal life, that we may know the Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he has sent. That means that Christ is the centre of every facet of our life. Christianity is God-centred, and not self-centred. We should call ourselves doctoring Christians, and not Christian doctors. Our primary function in this world is to be Christians; we happen to be doctors. Our purpose is then to glorify Christ now and forever. This helps to comfort us in times of despair, when we are overworked, when we feel depressed or used, and to bring us down to earth when we feel omniscient and omnipotent.

To achieve it, we must abide in him. 'I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing' (Jn 15:5). What is the purpose of the fruit? 'This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples' (v8).

Christ should be our worship whatever our professional eminence, in our church life, at home, at work and socially. He is all and in all that we are, so that people may see us and give glory to God in heaven. He is the aim of our life, the end of our life.

Yea thro' life, death, thro' sorrow and thro' sinning
He shall suffice me, for he hath sufficed:
Christ is the end, for Christ was the beginning,
Christ the beginning, for the end is Christ.

F W H Meyer, St.Paul.

Further reading: Col 3;12-17.


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