What is at the center of your life? And by that, I mean, “What is most important in your life, the thing that you focus on the most, the one thing that all other things in your life encompass?” A good question that requires more than just a “lip-service” answer…because your actions will reveal what is really at the center of your life, no matter what you “say”.
Jesus gave us an important principle in Matthew chapter 6: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33). The principle is this: when you seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first, everything else comes into line. Perhaps we could call this, the Principle of Center: whatever is center-most in your life affects everything else.
So, what should be at the center? God, being a God of order, seems to give us a clue in the way our Bible is arranged. The total number of chapters in the Bible (KJV) is 1189. The CENTER chapter, with 594 chapters before and after, is Psalms 117:
1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.
There you go! You just read an entire chapter of the Bible (not only is it the center, it’s the shortest!). However, contained in this center chapter are three things that should be at the very center of our lives:
PRAISE: Notice that the chapter begins and ends with praise. So should our lives be. Praise should be at the center of all we do, giving glory to the God who knows all, and is in control.
MERCY: His mercy is great toward us! It’s new every day. And how do we obtain it? By going “boldly before the throne of grace, that we might obtain mercy…” We activate His mercy in our lives through prayer.
TRUTH: And His truth endures forever, to every generation. I’m thankful for Truth of His Word, revealed unto us for this last day!
Now, those are the principles found in the very center chapter of the Bible. But what about the very center verse? Well, we have a slight dilemma here – there is no center verse of the Bible, since there are an even number of verses total (31,174). So, the center TWO verses are Psalms 118:8-9:
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
These verses talk about TRUST. And although we can put confidence in men when they follow the Lord and are submitted to Him, and even though we can (and should) put confidence in the Leaders in our lives, they are still human…and when we trust in the Lord, He’ll NEVER fail, never falter, never let us down. So it is certainly better to completely trust in the Lord in all things. Even when we don’t understand, even when man does fail us. Because God never will.
So what is at the center of your life? I choose to put: PRAISE, MERCY, TRUTH and TRUST. The principles Jesus taught. The very nature and revelation of Jesus Christ. If these principles are first and foremost, everything else will be all right.
Put Jesus at the center of your life!