Too often we make Christianity about what God does for us. We try to extract how we can be better, how we can get more out of life, and even how we can find happiness (not joy, which is a different word) from Scripture as we seek to pump ourelves up and feel better. I’ve been guilty of this myself. One of my mentors, Dr. Tom Fillinger of IgniteUs, penned this wake-up call,
“I heard lots about leadership, commitment, courage, faithfulness, sheep, shepherds, prayer and devotion, I heard very little of Jesus Christ. Often Christ was mentioned almost as an afterthought.”
What spurred Tom’s words were the sermons given during chapel at a well-known seminary. While all of these subjects may be worthy to speak about, they should be of secondary importance to the Christian. What is primary? Jesus Christ is. He is our foundation:
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 3:11, ESV
Paul is speaking of foundations in the portion of Scripture, talking about what lasts and what doesn’t with respect to life. His point is that nothing else works other than Jesus Christ. It’s easy to get so caught up in life that we unintentionally lose focus on Jesus Christ. We are so busy dealing with life’s issues that we get centered looking for solutions to them. In order to remain spiritual, we may even look at Biblical sources for those answers. However, if we get to the point where Jesus Christ is not the first one we see and the first one we think about, we’re off. We aren’t where we should be, no matter how well we backup whatever it is we’re trying to deal with using Scripture.
Take a look at what it is you take in. Whether it’s a Bible study or a sermon or Christian music, examine the content. Is Christ the center? Is He the one who is pointed to? As Christians, we cannot (should not) get away from the Gospel and Jesus Christ, as it and He is the source of our joy. And we should not want to do so, either.