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"Centered on Christ"

Date published: 11/28/2011
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (NIV)  
There is probably not a week that goes by when I am talking to someone about decisions made or to be made where I fail to hear what part God plays in their decision making process.  What I find most is that minor and major decisions are made not with God at the center of the decision making process, but with what best satisfies their wants and desires.  As a follower of Christ, there is no decision or activity that should be made outside of God’s desires and plans for you.  God should be at the center of every decision – whether you are looking for a new church, job, or your participation in something.  The difference in placing God at the center of your life will be the difference between success and failure.  Unfortunately a life that has become accustomed to making decisions around self is usually a life that has redefined success according to our culture, which will result in emptiness.  Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.  This too is meaningless.”  The success that God brings is eternally focused.  Eternal success will many times be void of your physical happiness while resulting in great kingdom purpose.  Even if the success that God brings is not satisfying and rich with the world’s pleasures, it will still be rich in peace, purpose, fulfillment, and a contentment that the world can never provide.  Purpose in your heart today that everything you do flows out of your relationship with God.  Pray into every day, allow God to sift your decisions, and provide God the opportunity to lead you in the way you should go.  
2 Corinthians 5:15 “He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” (NIV)