I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Jesus at the center means that we must be crucified with Christ. All of our flesh nailed to the cross believing in faith that Jesus died to take all of our burdens, all of our sicknesses, all of our issues, and everything that concerns us. He wants to perfect them and make us perfect in wholeness. We can’t just give Him what we perceive as problems. We must give Him everything, withholding nothing so that we may reflect His image.
Colossians 1:26-28 (NKJV)
26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[a] is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Christ is in us and we are in Him. Christ in us reveals mysteries, and gives us wisdom to know the riches of His glory. He is rich in everything and we have direct access to it through Jesus!
Ephesians 1:17-19New King James Version (NKJV)
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
Through Him in us we know His glory. It is our inheritance. We also know His power working through and for us. This is the fullness of the cross. Once we accept Him and know Him as Lord, through surrender, repentance, prayer, and faith we have access to the tree of life. We must know He is inside of us.
Colossians 1:15-17New King James Version (NKJV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
God is the beginning and the end. Everything belongs to Him, including us. We were created for His glory and He wants to share the riches of it with us.
Colossians 1:19-21New King James Version (NKJV)
Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done. We all can have peace because of the fullness of the cross. We all have done wicked works and separated ourselves from God because of our sin. There is no sin that the blood of Jesus can’t cover. If you bring it to God with repentance, He will surely forgive and make you whole. Make Him your center.
Father, we thank you that Jesus Christ lives in us. That through Him, we have access to wisdom, peace, and all the riches of Your glory which is our inheritance. Our hope is in You Lord. Today we make You the center of or lives. Forgive us for only given You the pieces that we don’t like. Today we give You everything so that You may perfect us through the fullness of the cross. We want to be made perfect in You, whole and complete. We set our hope in you and seek Your wisdom to unlock the mysteries for our personal journey. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!