Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. He was(is) the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Dealing with the sin problem was but one step towards the fulfillment of the grand plan that necessitated His coming to the earth.
At new birth, we receive the life of God and are ushered into a new world/life. This new life offers the possibility of oneness with God among other limitless beauties. However, this new life is not all about glory, it also comes with its demands. Some of these demands are even meant to be met (or at least a desire to meet them settled) before opting to be a follower of Christ.
In our past related post, we looked at some demands of following Jesus and today we would be looking at the most important demand of all
Jesus Must Be At The Center
When Jesus called us (or calls the lost), He didn't give us (or offers them) absolute freedom. He does not offer the freedom to do as we like, to act as though we are in control.
Take a look at Matthew 11: 28 & 29, He asks those burdened with the troubles of life to come to Him for peace and rest. But then in exchange He offers His own yoke.
Matthew 11: 28 & 29 AMPC
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]Take My yoke upon you and learn of (from) Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
We've been set free to serve Him and not ourselves. Jesus is basically stating that our walk must be about Him and Him alone.It must be a 100% total surrender.
Now, when He said 'learn of/from Me', He meant that we are to learn of Him and Him alone. We are not to learn of occultism and their operations, forces of darkness, demons and all that.Our focus must be on learning of/from Jesus. He made it clear, surrender your burdens to me and take up mine instead because it is easier to handle. Learn from Me and learn of Me and then you will find the rest you desire. Basically, if we were to fail in doing any of the two-part demand then we may never find that rest that we desire.
Colossians 2: 18 & 19 AMP
Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions [he claims] he has seen, vainly puffed up by his sensuous notions and inflated by his unspiritual thoughts and fleshly conceit, And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
We all know that Jesus is the Head of the church and as is the case with the human body, if the head is cut off soon the body loses its life dies. A man may be able to live with an arm, or a leg, or a kidney or a lung, etc. But he has only one head and without that head he cannot keep living. Even so, once Jesus is taken out of the picture, our walk with God falls apart. If we replace Jesus (and the place meant for Him in our lives) with our desires, wants and other things, soon our Christian life becomes an empty shell. At the surface, it may look real and alive, but deep within it is dead, worthless and meaningless
Is Jesus at the center of your life?
This post is an extract from the teaching "The Solid Foundation".
Due to the inherent limitations in converting an audio teaching to written form, we have not been able to capture all the points raised in the original teaching. In fact, we only covered three points out of the seven thought in the audio teaching. We advise that you get the complete teaching for a complete revelation of this subject matter. it is available as a free download on our online store