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Seven Core Values of a Jesus FollowerBy Evan Nehring
Why is it such a big deal for a declared Jesus-follower to boldly define Jesus as the center of his life? It appears to be from the Department of Redundancy Department. But it’s more than that. If Jesus is unequivocally central in my life, nothing else can be placed at the center.
Oh no! My Green Bay Packers! My iPhone apps! My home fix-it list! My writing! Constantly coming back to TZX—to live is Christ—helps me keep those things from slipping to the center.
But there’s a greater point to be made. A Jesus-center implies that Jesus is at the center of SOMETHING! Life is full and rich! There’s room for Green Bay Packers, iPhone apps, home fix-it lists and writing, but it’s not random. Jesus saturates every area of our lives.
Here are the seven core values that emanate from my Jesus center. This is my Jesus-grid. If you cut me, this is what I bleed. Scarcely a day goes by where these seven values don’t go through my head.
Worship: A lifetime of passionately pursuing God in worship and leading people into his presence.
Devotions: A lifetime of meaningful connecting with God through the great varieties of prayer and the Word.
Family & Friends: A lifetime of pouring my life and love into Colleen, Megan & Tim, Wade, Jason, extended family and friends.
Outreach: A lifetime of passionately reaching out to people: smoldering wicks, bruised reeds, the broken, the weak, the lost, the bound, the sick, the storm-tossed.
Character: A lifetime of being changed daily to have the heart and hands of my humble king.
Personal Management: A lifetime of harnessing every personal resource for God's glory: time, money & career, health, possessions.
Kingdom Story: A lifetime of finding my place in the eternal story of God's pursuit of mankind.
So it ends up looking like this:
Conversion of PurposeHaving a Jesus center is great. It’s vital. But what does it mean? How does a Jesus-center get out of bed in the morning? What does it have for breakfast? How does every day filter through my Jesus-grid?
My conversion was not a drugs-to-Jesus story. Growing up in the home of God-loving, pastor-type parents, I always knew the what of salvation. Turns out that what I ultimately needed was the why.
I remember snotting up the front of an auditorium in Brandon, Manitoba at a youth convention and meeting God with a promise to try to live for him. I began reading my Bible and praying every day in my basement room on Minto Avenue in Kenora, Ontario, trying to get strong on the inside.
I wrote words on the back of my Grade 13 (no kidding) report card: words that at least come close to what I believe God spoke to my heart:
“Evan, my purpose for you is to be a model of purity and excellence to those around you. Many will see your light and be guided into my harbor of love. Do not forget what I have told you and let your light shine for me that many will be saved, to the glory of God.”Living for God has become all about having a reason to live, a purpose.
QuestionHow do you plan your life around Jesus? Please, take full liberty to have your own “system”. Remember, it’s all about making it personal! I want to hear how the Jesus in you gets out of your bed every morning!
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