For Father’s day this year my kids gave me a new set of bits for my cordless drill and a tape measure. I was excited because I can always use a new set of bits and no matter how many tape measures you have you can always use one more. (It also seems like no matter how many tape measures you have you can never find one when you need it.)

As I was looking at my gifts I noticed that this was not just a plain old tape measure, it was a self-centering tape measure.
When a person is restoring or building something, it is always important to work from the center for everything to turn out right. I have no idea how many times I have had a calculator out trying to figure out the center of something. Well, with this tape I will not have to do that anymore, it shows you the midpoint of any measurement (if you can find the tape measure when you need it).

Take some time this week to think deeply about Philippians 2:1-4. In this passage, Paul tells us to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

When we are not allowing the Spirit of God to work in our lives, we are very much like this self-centering tape measure, everything we do and say is selfishly motivated.

The Bible tells us that we are self-centering sinners.

At the midpoint of our hearts is that infamous two letter word, ME. What would happen if you took a leap of faith, turned to Jesus Christ and made Him the center of everything you do and say?

How would your life change if you truly strived to do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit but in humility counted others as more significant that yourself? Who is ruling at the center of your life?

Are you ruled by the infamous ME or the Savior Jesus Christ?

I am never more miserable than when I allow ME to become my focus and I am never more content than when I allow Christ to be the center of all that I do.

May God help us to keep Jesus as the center of our lives!


~TJ Joyner, Pastor, Walnut Springs Baptist Church

TJ Joyner

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