It’s easy to live a life that revolves around one person: you.
After all, it’s how our culture encourages us to live.
At every turn we are told to look out for number one, our self. We are taught to follow our hearts, let nothing or no one hold us back, to view the fulfillment of our own goals as the ultimate prize. As a result, most people, whether they are aware of it or not, believe meism is the answer to happiness and success in life.
Christianity, however, calls us to something revolutionary: a life centered around God.
Indeed, true Christianity means handing over our own agendas in place of serving God and others. This is what the Bible teaches. Matthew 16:24-25 says,
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
And Luke 10:27 reads,
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
So, we are to love God with all of our energy and passion and to love others as ourselves.
What does this look like? It may vary from day to day, situation to situation. It might require something as simple as offering up your place in line at the grocery store or something as difficult as loving on and praying for your enemy. Ultimately, it requires a new perspective on life, one in which God’s will becomes your own.