Memory Verse: "Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well." (Matt.6:33, NCV)
Scripture Reading: Matt.6:24-34.
If you want to live a truly balanced life, you can only look at one Person in all of history as a model: Jesus. If you put Him at the center of your life, your life will be more balanced [than what it is now].
Think of your life like a wheel. The center of the wheel is a hub. All of the spokes of your life (which represent your relationships, your family, your career, your goals, etc.) come from that hub. We all build our lives around some sort of hub. The question is, what will be your hub? Will it be your family? Will it be your career? Will it be money? Or will it be Jesus? What will it be?
How do you know what you are building your life around? Take a look at whatever you think about the most. That is what is driving you.
The center of your life is critical to developing a balanced life. A solid center leads to a solid life. A weak, flimsy center leads to a weak life. When I hear people tell me that their lives are coming unglued, it usually means one thing: They have a faulty center. Something other than God has taken priority in their lives.
Not only does the hub create stability, but it also controls and influences everything else about your life. Whatever you put at the center of your life will also be your source of power. The power of a wheel always emanates from the center outward — never the other way around.
Make Jesus the center of your life, and He will provide the stability, control, and power you need for your life. Our memory verse confirms this. Please, endeavour to study the verses prescribed for today's Scripture Reading so you can have a better understanding of this subject.
Do not worry about how you can make Jesus first in your life. Just put Him in the center of your life (see Jn.3:30, MSG). Let Him direct your life, influence it, empower it, and give it stability.
Do this and all the other areas of your life — from your family to your career to your dreams, goals and aspirations— will find balance in Jesus.
Ponder Point: Balance is not something we find. It is something we create beginning with having Jesus as the centre.
Action Point: Create a balance for your life.
Prayer Point: Dear God, be at the centre of everything in my life because without You, I'm off balance and spinning out of control. I confess and forsake my error of putting You at the sidelines of my life. Take Your place at the centre of my life in Jesus name, Amen.