This blog has two stated purposes, clearly displayed in the headline banner: to be God honoring and Christ centered. Those words are written there to both advertise what this blog is about, but also to remind the author what this blog is supposed to be about. We must keep our eyes on the prize; so said the Apostle Paul, in a manner of speaking. For the Christian – take note of the first five letters of that word – Christ must be the central theme running through everything we do, from studying the Bible to blogging on the internet.
I’ve written on this several times before (read the About page) and have to fight the temptation to repeat everything. InternetMonk has posted on nothing but the Jesus Disconnect for the past couple of days. He notes that many professing Christians show interest in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but are less focused on his actual ministry. Some do not see his ministry as having any relevance to “our ministry” at all. There are currently 5 posts in this series, but he seems to be on a tare, so who knows?
Reading the Jesus Disconnect reminds me somewhat of The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancy. His book talks about growing up with a 2-D felt Jesus who moved around on the felt board and was generally nice to people. It was an eye-opening experience to find out later in life there seemed to be a whole Jesus he didn’t know anything about. We’ve dealt with following different Jesuses before, from hippie Jesus to Yuppie Jesus, and visited an I-Monk post about “Bargain Jesus.” The call is for Christians to become Christ-like, which means (duh!) we have to know what Christ is like. We must study his ministry, teachings, sermons, miracles and the events of his life to develop a character profile. We must get inside of his head, so that in the words of Paul, we can have within us the mind of Christ. He must be our center, our focus and our goal. Only then can we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and not some other gospel we made up along the way.