What does a life centered on Christ look like?
If Christ IS my center, what DOES matter?
I can think of things that would probably matter LESS. However, what really does matter in Christ-centered living?
Dallas Willard’s goal is a good one, I think. The question is not so much, “What would Jesus do?”, but one of “How do I live my life in a such a way that I know what Christ would do in my situation if he were in my spot?”
“What would Jesus do?” may answer some things very quickly, but it does not take into account who WE are individually. Living my life in such a way that I discern the mind of Christ to know what he would do if he were I DOES ask a more fundamental question.
It also means I must be tuned in to the voice of the Spirit. I must have my spiritual sails up to catch the wind of the Spirit. Spiritual disciplines are key in this area. They prepare me to hear better. They put me in a place where I know Christ is forming me. The disciplines do not form me. They position me so I CAN be formed!
Here is our rub. Evangelicals, reformed, Lutherans, and many more from all kinds of Christian traditions just SHUN the thought of “Disciplines”. Many traditions scream, “WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS!” Many scream, “NEW AGE MYSTICISM”.
It’s funny. We know we desire the hand of God in our lives, and then we argue as to WHY something as biblical and wonderful as FASTING (for instance) just doesn’t work in our lives. We long for something more, to hear the direction of God, then argue as to why we don’t need anything more!
It’s not more. It’s just using the tools already at hand. It’s not about more of salvation. It’s about utilitizing the power already put there for us.
Through spiritual formation, we can know more fully what it is to have Christ as center.
The question still IS, in my mind, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?