The Center of Your Life

By David J. Stewart | February 2009

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

       All of the weight from a cart and its load are burdened upon its wheels, particularly upon the center hub of each wheel. This is an amazing illustration of our life and how easy it is for us mess things up.

Many people fail to make Jesus Christ the center hub of their life. Instead, they center their entire life around their spouse, until one day that spouse files for divorce or passes away, and then everything comes crashing down. It's so easy to center one's life around their spouse. By doing so, we are simply setting ourselves up for utter heartbreak, disaster and overwhelming loneliness.

Other people center their lives around their children, and then one day those children grow up and leave, or are taken suddenly from us, and then our world is taken from us and we are utterly devastated.

A cart's load, representative of all of this life's troubles and problems, cannot be supported by a broken wheel, and the wheel is only as strong as the center hub. If we center our life around our spouse and our children, then we are going to be doomed when they fail us or are taken from us.

What we need to do is make Jesus Christ the center hub of our life, as the Apostle Paul did. Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Paul didn't live for anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ.

Some people center their life around a job, until one day that job is gone and they have nothing else to live for. What a sad testimony. Anything that we center our life around besides God becomes an idol. So many people today have centered their life around a job, a spouse, children, friends, a hobby, a sport, et cetera; but they have not placed God at the center of their life. One day, when their wheel breaks, they won't be able to bear the burdens and problems of this life, and Satan will destroy them.

Oh, please listen my friend, Jesus Christ is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Our spouse, family, children and friends will forsake us, disappointments will come, heartaches will happen and everything in our life will at times turn for the worst; but hallelujah, Jesus Christ will never leave nor forsake us... “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” If you are a genuine born-again Christian, then you have God's Holy Spirit living within your body. 1st John 4:4 states, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” The Devil is in the world (2nd Corinthians 4:4); but the King of kings and Lord of lords lives within the body of every believer (Romans 8:9). Jesus will never leave us. Amen!

Whatever mistakes and failures we have made in the past, the important thing is to move forward for God. The very reason why Jesus Christ came into this world was to SAVE SINNERS... “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1st Timothy 1:15). The Apostle Paul called himself the “chief” of sinners. That's a humble man. It was Paul's realization of his mistakes in the past, and knowing that Christ had mercifully pardoned Him of His sins, that gave him a strong desire to live for the Lord.

Let us not dwell over past failures and allow Satan to render us useless for God; but rather, make Jesus Christ the center hub of our life, and live each day with eternity in view, so that we may win souls to Christ and redeem the time. END

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