What would it look like if Christ was in the center of our lives? Now many of us think that Christ is already there. But there is a difference in Christ being at the center of our lives and trying to sneak a little of Christ in the things we were already going to do.

Paul’s words certainly help us to understand the centrality of Christ to his own life and how to make Christ the center of our own lives.

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead–Philippians 3:7-11

Instead of trying to fill in the gaps in our day with Jesus, we should count everything but Jesus as a hindrance. When Paul wrote “I count all things as loss,” he used a word (ζημίαν) which could be translated “disadvantage.” Paul said that everything but Jesus was a disadvantage to him.

I hope that we can so recognize the importance of having a Christocentric (Christ centered) life. Everything else is just a disadvantage.

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