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Jesus is worthy of the center spot
Pastor Dave Scharf
by Pastor Dave Scharf
April 22, 2024

Is Jesus at the center of your life today? Or do you need to take care of many other things before you can get to him? In a Berlin art gallery, there once hung an unfinished picture by Adolph Menzel of Frederick the Great talking to his generals. There was a small bare patch in the center of the picture where a charcoal sketch indicated the artist’s intentions. He had painted in all the generals, but he had left the king for last. 

That seems lifelike to us, doesn’t it? We carefully put in all the generals (work, family, house, car, etc.) and leave the King for last, with the hope that someday we may still get the King in the center. Menzel died before he could finish his picture. You can get to heaven without a house or family or riches, but you can’t get there without Jesus.

The apostle Paul confessed, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Many dedicate their lives to gaining what Paul calls garbage and a loss. Is he going too far? Not at all. On your deathbed, nothing else matters except the knowledge of Jesus.

He is everything. The One who died that I might live is worth the center spot in my life and yours. Everything else pales in comparison!

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