We Must Be Christ-Centered!
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
In the book of Revelation, Christ stands knocking on the door of the last of the seven churches, asking them to let Him in. Amazing! Did the people inside not miss Him? Here’s a frightening thought: it’s possible to build a large institution, call it a church, and for Jesus to be marginalized in its emphasis and activities. The measure of a ministry is how it treats Christ. Even in emphasizing the importance of Spirit-filled living, we can produce believers who are Spirit-filled but not Jesus-thrilled! We can reduce Christianity to principles that work as effectively in the secular marketplace as they do in the church. The writer of Revelation saw Christ sitting upon a throne. Next he heard the voices of a multitude singing, ‘…Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ (Revelation 5:12). And it was a mixed multitude. ‘Every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’’ (Revelation 4:13). London once had two great preachers. When a lady went to hear the first, Dr. Joseph Parker, she left saying, ‘What a preacher!’ When she went to hear the second, Charles Spurgeon, she left saying ‘What a Christ!’ Do you love the Lord supremely? If you died and they exhumed your body, would they find His name written on your heart?
Heavenly Father, help me to be Christ-Centered in my life, serving others as serving Christ Jesus Himself! In His Precious Name, Amen