Bible Studies for Life Lesson for September 1: A Centered Life
August 19 2019 by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia

Focal passage: Matthew 6:25-34

When your life is centered in Christ, you find all you need. 

As a high school senior, I found myself at the center of a four car pile up. It’s challenging to focus on safe driving when a handsome young man is nearby. At the precise moment I should have been braking for the red light ahead, I was waving and grinning out the driver’s side window. The consequences were costly and embarrassing. 

You might not be waving at your crush next week in traffic, but I am relatively certain we all fight against distracted driving. 

Not only that, we face a myriad of distractions in almost every area of our lives. We see opportunities to do good, to enjoy life, and to serve others, yet we often find ourselves overwhelmed and empty.

During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus reminds us that although we may be distracted by many things, when our lives are centered on Christ, we find all that we need in Him. 

Jesus commands in Matthew 6:25, “Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.” He isn’t declaring these things unimportant. 

Instead, Jesus is reminding us that He is in control and will lovingly provide everything we need. Instead of focusing on the distractions around us, we are to trust Him with the details of our lives and focus on seeking after His Kingdom and righteousness. 

Even if my hands remain at “10 and two,” I drive the speed limit, and I never text behind the wheel, there is no guarantee that I’ll never be in another wreck. And, even if my life is unwaveringly centered on Christ and His Kingdom, He never promises the circumstances of my life will turn out beyond my wildest dreams. 

Instead, God promises so much more. When we seek the things of God above all else, we find ultimate hope and joy in serving Him with our whole lives, trusting in His lovingkindness as He cares for the details of our lives.

8/19/2019 1:42:26 PM by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia | with 0 comments

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