What does it look like to live with Jesus at the center? If I could choose one over arching question that the book of Colossians answers, it would be just that. In your life, what does it look like for Jesus to be at the very center of all things? Let’s be honest for a moment. Many of us have heard, or used, the phrase Christ-centered. It’s become a bit of a cliche. Churches put it in their mission statement. Christian authors put it in the title of their book. But what does it actually mean? Colossians helps us answer that question. But Colossians also shows us what it looks like. That’s why I chose to call this series “Jesus Shaped Living.” The glorious truths of Jesus give shape to how we live - our attitudes, our actions, life inside the home and outside the home, ministry and everything else.
Of course, it’s a lot easier to talk about Christ being at the center than to live that way, isn’t it? In the mundane moments of everyday life, a whole host of other things compete with Christ for center stage in our lives. And so my aim, and my prayer, for our study in Colossians is that we make the connection between what we know to be true about Jesus, and how we live. That we would recognize that Jesus is not someone we place at the center, but he is the center. And that the shape of our lives would reflect the incomparable nature of Christ Jesus