Twenty-five years ago today I graduated the first phase of my Bible school training, the two-year Basic Bible program at Pinecrest Bible Training Center. As a member of the graduating class, I was asked, along with several others, to write a small “devotion” to be included in the commencement program.
About five years ago, I came across that program, stashed in a file in the attic, and reread what was written there some two decades before. I was encouraged to find a very clear and concise expression of that which is, to this day, my central spiritual passion: the centrality and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. I felt when I read it, “I could have written this yesterday!”… and I still feel that way today!
I hope this is an encouragement to you as well, not only in its contents, but also as an example of the kind of steadfastness that comes when we zero in on God’s “bulls eye”. When we get locked in on the central passion of God’s heart, there’s just no budging! And unless God changes His mind, haha, I will still be speaking and contending for these very same things in another twenty-five years from now!
So, here is the devotion that was written in May of 1989:
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“…that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
The Lord is bringing forth a people in this hour who are after His own heart. In the heart of God the preeminent focus is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the supreme object of the Father’s love and affection. The Holy Spirit is ever working to reveal Christ’s glory, so that now in a people, Christ may become the preeminent focus.
Our natural tendency is to be drawn to lesser things. Christ, the Truth, becomes lost in the milieu of doctrines, teachings and creeds; Christ, the Way and the Life is lost in the hodgepodge of programs, methods and traditions; Christ, the Head, is lost in the proliferation of religious structures, organizations and institutions. In all this, the heart of God is broken. The Church has forsaken her first love, and the glory of the Lord has lifted.
God is moving by His Spirit, however, to once again restore the preeminent place of His glorious Son in our midst. He is looking for those who will settle for nothing less than the full restoration of Christ’s supremacy in the Church. Then the glory of the Lord will return and abide upon us. The full intention of our God will be realized in His people as we give Him His rightful place and fully focus our eyes to behold “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
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My revelation and understanding of the centrality and supremacy of Christ has deepened and developed over these twenty-five years, but the kernel and essence is still the same, and that will never change.
To bring this more into the present, I’ve listed below a number of related posts and pages that I’ve written for this blog over the past couple of years. I invite you to read these, which go more deeply into these central matters of God’s eternal purpose in Christ and for the Church. The Lord desires all of us to come fully in line with His heart, mind, will, and passion, and be co-laborers with Him in His glorious, unchanging purpose. I pray that you are encouraged unto this end in Him through these posts!
All blessings in Him,