“Believers may not often realize it, but even as believers we are either centered in man, or centered in God. There is no alternative. Either God is the center of our universe and we have become rightly adjusted to Him, or we have made ourselves the center and are attempting to make all else orbit around us and for us.” (Devern Fromke, The Ultimate Intention, p. 10)
What a trite existence I so often settle for, lending so much effort and energy trying to bend life and the world I inhabit around me and my small, stale desires. Here I am, a hack, compulsively viewing and using my wife, kids, friends, church and ministry to prop me up as someone worthy of being served, and worthy of being the center. Thank God for his tender mercies that cover my obsessive self-preoccupation, and reassert himself in the center of everything, where He belongs.
Let's repent for treating people as though they're here as role players in a drama about us, and accept that there is a far greater narrative playing out which we are being graciously and gloriously included in. Let's embrace our small part in the grandest story of all, and let our lives be about Jesus. Rather than clamoring for Christ to make us visible, let's make it our conscious and continual ambition to make Christ visible in how we see, talk to and treat others.