What you must do if you want Jesus as Center

What does it mean to live with Jesus in the center of your life?  Today is Walk with Him Wednesday community blog link up. It's  another gathering over at Ann Voskamp, writer of "One Thousand Gifts: A dare to live fully right where you are.

What comes to mind for you when you think about that question? "What does it mean to live with Jesus in the center of your life"   When I think about the question, the first thing that comes to mind is Matthew 16:24, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."

Certainly this will look differently in each of our lives.  What you consider a denial of self—your cross, and a picking up of it will be different than the denial and cross of another.  For this reason, it is important to practice a "no comparison" life.  Do not compare your life to the life of another. 

Notice that Jesus doesn't simply say that you must follow Him.  He gives a prerequisite to following Him:
  • deny yourselves
  • take up your cross
Then you can follow. 

Isn't the act of denying, taking up and following the corner-stone for being His disciple? 

But before your denying, giving up and picking up can count there is something that you must be sure to do, otherwise all else is done in vain.

What must  you do first to have the opportunity for Jesus to be center?

In order for you to be known by the name of Christian you must first profess faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. 

To live a Christ-centered life you must, daily, "deny yourself in your sphere of life, take up your cross and follow in that same sphere."

Today, be sensitive to the way God is calling you to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him in your area of living.
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