Intimacy with Jesus: Placing God at the Center with Everything and in Everything
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
And 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.
No matter how many different ways we look at these verses, they place God first and foremost at the center of our lives- at very least- that was the whole idea they were penned. Intimacy with Jesus has God at the very center of life itself. And some people have barked, “that’s extreme- too extreme.” To my Evangelical and Catholic friends I say this, “both agree upon this one truth- the Holy Bible and its contents are The Word of God from God’s Revelation of Himself to us- you and I.” No matter who you are, you can’t run from it fast enough to escape it- God has spoken and by the power of the Holy Spirit is speaking. He desires Himself and loving Him with Everything, others with Everything, other believers with Everything as Christ did who laid His very life down, and to do anything and everything- little or great to the glory of God.
Washing a counter to the glory God? Yip, that’s His will. Polishing the dash of that spiffy older car to the glory of God? Yip, that’s His will. Typing a blog to the glory of God? Yip, that’s His will. It is all part and parcel of loving God.
Why did Jesus call loving other believers in Jesus Christ- the Only Wise God Incarnate- a new commandment? Because, this love is unique. It has a model who modelled it for 3 years of ministry with the 12. And, so- as any King inaugurating a New Covenant, Jesus inaugurates a New Commandment in a New Covenant- love other believers just as He loved and loves them. Greater love has no man than if He lays down His life for a friend. Jesus- later in his ministry called the disciples not just His followers- but- He called them His friends.
Bottom line- I just cannot imagine any other way worthy of living life other than on every and all levels having Jesus at the center of my life. If you are born-again truly and really- how can you say anything else other than what I am saying here? Oh- it is surely impossible to fully speak of placing and letting God be at the very center of your life in 500 words or less- surely impossible. Blessings on you reader.