Hello, gorgeous! I am sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds sing a sweet little song this morning while drinking a cup of coffee. I just said a quick prayer of thanksgiving for so many things in my life—including this moment.
Being present in this moment made me think about my favorite Bible verse. It’s hard to have just one favorite verse—so if you are that girl, I feel ya! But, Matthew 22:37 is my favorite verse, and it’s also my personal mission statement. It is what helps me live a Christ-Centered life.
And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” -Matthew 22:37
This verse personally reminds me that God loved me so much He sent His only son to die on the cruel cross of Calvary to die for my sins. Me, the sinner. Wait, Kimberley! Wrong verse! Yes, I know, but if you back up and read earlier in this chapter, the Pharisees wanted to tempt Jesus with questioning. Jesus put up with so much before the cross for you and me. Was I worth it? He came to earth to teach, preach, perform miracles, and prove that He was the Messiah that the Old Testament foreshadowed. Many rejected Him. He endured a horrible death to rise again on the third day. Yet, when asked what was the greatest commandment this was the response of my Lord. Put things in perspective for me? You bet it does!
Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He said to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. Then He reminded them to love our neighbor as ourselves. Oh, To Be Like Thee.
So, while I had a few more moments before my bustling kiddos got up, I wanted to reflect on ways today that I can keep this commandment. This helps me to live a Christ-Centered life. It keeps me on the right path.
1. I will not neglect my personal Bible Study.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)
I won’t depend on the church alone or church leaders to give me my spiritual nourishment. I must study at home.
2. I will not forsake the assembly.
I must get my spiritual nourishment. It should never be a question unless I am sick or my children are sick.
“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some…” (Hebrews 10:25)
3. I will have Bible Class with my children everyday for our homeschool, and we will have Family Bible Time every night with dad.
Do I worry that we are not getting some things covered? Absolutely. But a sweet, dear lady in the church once told me that teaching them something everyday is a step closer. The key is to just to do it! Purpose in your heart like Daniel that you are going to commit to this and come up with a plan.
4. I will purpose to be the wife that God has designed me to be.
If I have a Christ-centered marriage and a Christ-centered home, I am going to want to do things God’s way and not my way.
5. Be the Christian that uses talents.
Okay, I am not that talented! But, I can cook, visit, and send cards. I can teach Bible class, do Bible studies, and speak to ladies. I can love my neighbor and show people that although I am not worthy of my Lord, I want to be like my Lord and follow His example. I want to earnestly look for ways to grow in this area of my life– to show people the love of Christ! To love souls!
Ladies, we all have WORTH! God loves us so much and has designed wonderful and incredible roles just for us!!! What are some ways that you have purposed in your heart to live a Christ-centered life?