There seems to be many false notions out there about what constitutes a Christ-centered woman. All of these beliefs have started out as valid ideas and have good intentions, but just as if you start off your journey with even one degree off the trajectory and go for a hundred miles, you will end up in a completely wrong destination. That’s why I want to explore some of these common misconceptions or myths, so that we can get back on the right track. We’ll talk about several other myths another time. For now, here’s one:
Myth: Christ-centeredness is determined by disciplines and duties.
We all know that woman. The one we identify as the super, uber Christian woman. She may your friend, a family member, coworker, or classmate. She leads Bible studies. She wakes up at the crack of dawn to pray and meditate. She memorizes scripture verses on a regular basis. She serves at a soup kitchen. And somewhere in the middle of all of those practices, we have lost sight of the object of our Christian faith. Rather than seeking God first, we have inadvertently started measuring our “Christian-ness” by those behaviors.
Don’t get me wrong. Those disciplines are not only good but vital to our spiritual health. But they are byproducts of our relationship with Jesus, not the ultimate goal. We can’t measure someone’s godliness by these behaviors because there could be wrong reasons or ulterior motives for a person practicing those disciplines. A person could want to come across as very knowledgable or holy. Ultimately, it becomes more about themselves.
John 5:39 states, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (NLT)
This is talking about the religious leaders back in the day who knew about the Bible, but they failed to apply its words to their lives. They understood the teachings and the rules, but they failed to see the Savior whom the Scriptures were referring to. They were so preoccupied by the religion, that they simply missed the point.
Let’s be very intentional and careful that we are reaching toward Jesus.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).