Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

 

From Live Loved by Max Lucado

He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. – EPHESIANS 1:22 MSG

The Center of the Universe

Tapping the collective shoulder of humanity, God points to the Son—his Son—and says, “Behold the center of it all.”

God raised him [Christ] from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. – (Ephesians 1:20–22 msg)

When God looks at the center of the universe, he doesn’t look at you. When heaven’s stagehands direct the spotlight toward the star of the show, I need no sunglasses. No light falls on me.

Lesser orbs, that’s us. Appreciated. Valued. Loved dearly. But central? Essential? Pivotal? Nope. Sorry. . . . The world does not revolve around us. Our comfort is not God’s priority. If it is, something’s gone awry. If we are the marquee event, how do we explain flat-earth challenges like death, disease, slumping economies, or rumbling earthquakes? If God exists to please us, then shouldn’t we always be pleased?

Could a Copernican shift be in order? Perhaps our place is not at the center of the universe. God does not exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s all about him. —IT’S NOT ABOUT ME

Heavenly Father, we praise you, King of heaven. You are great above all. You are gracious and we are grateful. We love you, adore you. We worship you and thank you for the gift of your Son, amen.

Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably. – Hebrews 12:28

O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions. – Psalm 104:24

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