Daily Devotion for August 1, 2017
'Sun-Centered vs Son-Centered'
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through Him and for Him.
He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.
In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus published a paper saying that Earth and all the other planets revolved around the sun. His careful observations of the night sky caused him to conclude that the universe was sun-centered, not earth-centered as Greek scientists (Aristotle and Ptolemy) had proposed. This discovery left him humbled, awed, and intensely curious about “the world which has been built for us by the Best and Most Orderly Workman of all.” Later, Galileo Galilei also concluded that the universe was sun-centered, based on his observations of the planet Venus. Both Galileo and Nicolaus had their discoveries rejected in their day. Eventually, the sun-centered model was found to be correct...
Recently, I've been thinking about the “sun-centered model” because 1) my “Teacher Devotion” for VBS brought it up (the theme this year is “Galactic Starveyors!”), and 2) I've been studying for a test where I need to know this information. Being reminded of the “sun-centered” model has caused me to consider something far more important than the earth revolving around the sun; that is, I've been thinking about being “Son-centered”...
First of all, I find it interesting that the peers of Nicolaus and Galileo rejected their sun-centered theory; though there was evidence, their peers preferred the familiar earth-centered model even though it was wrong. Isn't that interesting...since it's often the case in the faith realm as well? That is, oftentimes our lost peers refuse to believe what we “Son-centered” Believers share with them. Though we have evidence showing Jesus is the center of it all (our changed lives, God's Word, the resurrected Son of God), they reject the proof. For them, living “earth-centered” and self-centered is familiar and preferred. But since Jesus truly IS the center—which they will one day discover--we diligently pray for those who have yet to believe in our Lord, and we keep looking for ways to share the Good News in love...
Second, the sun-centered model caused me to consider how “Son-centered” I truly am. That is, am I truly living the Son-centered life I've been called to live? Is my Savior truly the center of my system...my universe, my world? Is He “supreme over” me—or am I trying to make Him revolve around my plans/preferences/
desires? Finally, do the decisions I make, the words I say, the tones I use, the activities I participate in, and the money I spend—do these all reflect that I was “created through Him and for Him?”
Heavenly Father, help us Believers be increasingly “SON-centered” as we go about living (for You!) and as we share Your truth with a lost, self-centered world. May our lives increasingly proclaim and demonstrate that it's all about Your Son—even if the truth is rejected—because “Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together!”
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