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It’s all about Him!

By Everett Stenhouse

“Celebrate life … it’s all about you!” I read on a national advertising campaign. It was an eyebrow raiser, but not too breathtaking. Society seems bent on embracing narcissism. “It’s all about you” is an easy sell. By nature we are all self-centered.

But for the follower of Christ, the claims of society and human nature conflict with our Savior’s demands. The apostle Paul made it clear in his letter to the Romans that one of the greatest battles we would ever engage would be our struggle with self — the flesh. Paul left no room for doubt: “The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life” (Romans 8:13, The Message). The disciple of Christ must be determined to make Him the center. It’s all about Him!

It’s all about Him in our personal life.

Saul of Tarsus, once a Pharisee and persecutor of Christians, became “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God” (Ephesians 1:1, NIV). Saul, as Paul, wrote with passion that all his past and everything he had ever known was less than nothing when compared with knowing Christ and becoming like Him (Philippians 3:7-10).

But our world continues to cry, It’s all about you! There could be no more striking conflict with the basic principles of discipleship in our walk with the Lord. Jesus set down the basic requirements for becoming a disciple with these words: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

We must live in that place where we allow the Christ of our salvation to be the absolute Lord of our lives with full knowledge that it’s all about Him!

That is not to say there can be no self-interest. To the contrary, the believer is guided in his walk with God by renewed desires to be a good person and live a life ordered by God. Our values and personal goals become legitimate as they are expressed within the context of God’s will. But we must sacrifice any personal interests in conflict with what our Lord desires for us. We say with Paul, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). It’s all about Him!

It’s all about Him in the Church.

Jesus said: “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Paul confirmed what was clearly understood, that “Christ is the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23). One day His church will stand before Him “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27). It’s His church and it’s all about Him.

A spotless Church cannot be stained by this world’s sin. At the same time, the Church has been commissioned to reach the world with the message of salvation. Great care must be taken in our attempts to bring people out of the world that we not drag the world into the Church. This was a danger to which the New Testament Church was not immune, as regrettably illustrated by the church in Corinth.

Church leaders can become slogan-savvy and street-smart. But Jesus’ church is much more than a commercial enterprise, and our invitation to the world is more than coffee and tea and cookies. It is an invitation to the Water of Life!

Sometimes it appears a philosophy of “It’s all about you” has been pushed right up to the front door of the church — or in some cases, brought through a side door right up to the altar. God forbid! It’s not all about me! It’s not all about you! It’s all about Him! We dare not lose sight of that.

It will always be all about Him!

In the mighty revelation given to him, John saw heaven opened and encountered the resurrected and glorified Christ as “the Living One” (Revelation 1:18), the worthy Lamb (5:12), “Faithful and True” (19:11) and the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (19:16).

John saw Him about whom we sing! He saw Him about whom we teach and preach! He saw Him who is our Savior and our Healer! He saw Him whose hands carry the nail prints! He saw Him who shed His blood for us! Yes! It’s about Him!

The thundering proclamation from the heavenly messengers on that hill called the Mount of Olives was clear and concise the day our Savior returned to heaven: “This same Jesus … will come back!” (Acts 1:11).

It was about Him then! It is about Him now! It will always be about Him! May our focus be unclouded and unbroken.

EVERETT STENHOUSE served as assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God from 1986-1993.

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