Last night, at The LR, we began our new study on the book of Colossians. Paul reminds the church in Colossae of the “hope laid up for them in heaven” in the first verses of the letter. He goes on and affirm that the gospel of Christ is bearing fruit and growing in their lives as it is all over the world.
As it was true for the 1st century church in Colossae, it is also true with us today: the gospel of Christ is bearing fruit and growing through VI as well as throughout the entire Church.
As believers, we need to be constantly reminding ourselves and each other of the gospel of Christ. Hebrews 2:1 says that we “must pay much closer attention to what we have heard (the gospel), lest we drift away from it.”
It is vital that we center our lives around the gospel daily. Martin Luther says that “religion is the default mode of the human heart.” If we are not constantly reminded of God’s grace through the cross, we will loose grip on living a Christ-centered life. Our natural instinct will be to shift into religion, and irreligion as well.
Practical ways of living a Christ-centered life
Ideas taken from C.J. Mahaney’s book, The Cross-centered LIfe
- Preach the gospel to yourself daily. Too many times we listen to ourselves and therefor are influenced and dictated by our own emotions and circumstance. Instead of listening to ourself, talk to yourself and preach the gospel to yourself!
- Pray the gospel. Read through the prayers in the Bible and notice how gospel-soaked they are!
- Sing the gospel. Don’t listen to crappy Christian music. Look over the Christian music you listen to. If it is not about Jesus, or is just really really bad (K-Love) don’t listen to it!
- Study the gospel. Great resources for this are on the VI Bookstore!
- Memorize the gospel. Personaly, this has been the most fruitful discipline. Having Scripture in my head has helped me through uncountible circtumstances.
Questions to ask yourself
What area(s) of my life am I not allowing the gospel of Christ to transform?
Whate area(s) of my life am I being religious? irreligous?