the outworking of Gospel centrality – getting personal

one of my favorite Bible teachers, anne graham lotz, once said that “God expects us to fail.” if i am honest, i was a bit taken aback by her comment, but then she went on to beautifully and biblically share the Gospel. i will never forget how i was reminded of the life-changing truth of the Gospel again. God knew i would fail, that’s why He gave us Jesus. God knew i would fail, but do i really grasp that reality?

in my younger years, friends would often joke with me and tell me they are getting a bit dizzy spinning around me. in other words, “get over yourself, danielle. you are not the center of everything.” while the truth shared in jest stung a bit, it was true none the less.

with a performance default (let’s just call it what it is, sin) and a pull to be in the center of all things (again sin), my life can often be a direct contradiction of Gospel at center. it is when i come face to face with my failure and arrive at the end of myself, that i truly take up the cross of Christ. my hard head only understands that “He alone holds all things together”, when i stand at the center of a bunch of broken, once spinning plates.

for me the outworking of Gospel centrality in my life is not about what i am doing, but more about what i am surrendering. and to put it bluntly, the outworking of Gospel at center in my personal, ministry and family life is simply not about me at all.

  • all my efforts at a faithful walk apart from complete surrender fail.
  • ministering in my own strength settles for the momentary when eternal is the goal.
  • parenting in my power brings with it little patience, discernment, and grace.

as ministry leaders, parents, and people we can fall into the trap of thinking that we have to bring something to the table and we are in charge of holding all things together. when the reality is, we bring nothing except the cross of Christ and He alone is worthy of maintaining center.

so as we begin this new initiative called Gospel @ center, i would hope we would talk less about us and more about the greatness of the gospel. may we forgo the “next big thing” in ministry or in leadership, and come back to the only thing that matters, Jesus Christ. for i believe and am convicted daily, that if we center our personal and ministry lives back to the glory of the gospel, we won’t have any room to focus on us at all. through our personal devotion to Him, may our lives make much of Jesus.

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