Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Who’s at the Centre? Part Four

So, this idea of ‘Centring’ is something that any Christ-follower can do. We do not need an education, a position or a title. We might need an example (although we do have Jesus), but we may also need a person to walk with us as we work out the best way to do this. In reality, however, any Christ-follower can be skillful at centring others.

Let me ask you a shocking question, and see how you would answer?
“How would you kill your neighbour?”
That is, “Have you got someone in your sights to take down?”
Hmm, these are very important questions relating to ‘Who’s at the centre?’ Now we could use a weapon or something that we find at hand. However, there is something that is far more effective to kill your neighbour.

The best weapon to kill your neighbour with is love! This is exactly what we are to do wherever we have been placed. Jesus said that is what He did, and that His followers are to do the same.
34 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My followers” (Jn 13:34-35 NLT).
Previously Jesus had already acknowledged the summary commandments of the Old Testament, Matt 22:37-40. But here He goes one further by giving a new commandment to do as He has done.

So, the challenge is not to kill your neighbour with a weapon and especially with your tongue (Jas 3:1-12), but with love. How do we go about doing this to those around us? Just like Jesus did by ‘Centring’ others and loving them. That is, seeking their highest good, regardless of whether they return this love or not.

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Who’s at the Centre? Part 3 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

In the previous blog, we were introduced to what may be called ‘Centring.’ Namely, bringing into focus, or highlighting the fact that others need to be at the centre of our thoughts and actions and not our self. Continuing on centring as a Kingdom of God lifestyle, I would like to ask a question. “What is conceivably the best illustration of centring that we could inspire us?”

For me, it would have to be when Jesus humbled Himself and washed the disciple’s feet (John 13). He chose the place of a servant and served them. Do not forget that also included washing Judas’ feet,
4 “So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him… 12 After washing their feet, He put on His robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing?’  14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet” (Jn 13:4-5,12,14 NLT).
Wow, what a powerful image and example of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was centring the disciples as He served them, and showed them how it is done.

Jesus said that His followers were to wash the feet of others. What would this look like for us today? How can we take the focus off ourselves, humble ourselves and serve those around us? Can we do this despite the cost and what others might say about us?

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over