Are you God-centered or Human-centered?
People say that there are two kinds of theologies. One is God-centered theology and the other is Human-centered theology. There are many different characteristics between the two. However, one striking difference is found in our memories.
When we reflect on our life, if we remember only those people who hurt us, we are Human-centered Christians. However, when we reflect on our life, if we remember God’s interventions whenever we are under attacks of the world, we are God-centered Christians.
One example of God-centered person is Joseph in the Bible. He suffered many difficulties in his life. His brothers tried to kill him and finally sold him as a slave to a foreign country. He was falsely accused for a sexual crime that he did not commit and put into a jail. He helped out other jailers but was forgotten by the one whom he helped. Only after a long suffering, he was released from the prison and used by God.
When he reflected on his life, he did not focus on the evil things that people have done against him. He focused on God’s plan for and Grace on him. He finally had understood why he had to go through all those sufferings and difficulties. So, instead of accusing others and making all those enemies, he praised God and forgave others.
Now, at the end of this year, what would be our focus? Do we focus on those who have been against us or those things that made us miserable? Or do we focus on God’s plan and will that have worked on all the circumstances to make God’s will be done? Isn’t it true as the Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)?
King David, who lived God-centered life made this confession at the end of his life: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).
Let us stop complaining against other people as if they have any power to make our lives miserable or unhappy. They can and will make plots against us but we are in God’s hands. Unless God had allowed those things with God’s holy and mysterious purpose that we may not know yet, they would not have happened. We have seen some examples in the book of Job. Let us focus only on God who loves us enough to send his only begotten son.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:31-35)
Let us give thanks to God who is with us and receive the new year with hope and great expectations!