An unworthy focus

To those of you who are Christians, let me ask a very direct question:

Is Jesus the centre of your Christianity? 

It’s easy for it to become about something else. If we’re not careful, our religion can become about how well we observe a certain set of rules, or about a certain denomination, or a specific style of worship, or even one particular “issue,” whatever that might be.

Are those things unimportant? No. But focusing on those things at the expense of Jesus is like going to a birthday party and spending your time staring at a brick wall outside.

Anything less than Jesus is an unworthy focus.

If Jesus walked into your life, or into your home, or into your church, or into your conversations, would he ever hear his name? Would he find people trying to honour him?

Listen to Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT): “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”

So, if Jesus is the centre and focus of your faith, that’s awesome, keep it up.

But if not, it’s time to do some soul-searching and to make some changes.

Anything less than Jesus is an unworthy focus.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday podcast called “Why is the ‘good news’ good for me?” If you want to go deeper into what the ‘gospel’ really means, and three reasons why it’s good for you, you might want to check it out. Click here to listen.

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