God wanted to make known to those among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27, HCSB
Strengthen us by Your Spirit, Lord,
To know the love of Christ;
To trust Your faithful mercies,
In the darkness and the light.
Empower us with Your presence, Lord,
To pray, “Your will, not mine;”
To forgive when we are wounded;
To find strength for every thorn.
Dependent on Your grace, we come;
Father, fill us with Your life.
May Your Holy Spirit make us more like You.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21, NIV1984).
In response to Ann's invitation to contribute thoughts on a Christ-centered life, it seems good to begin by remembering that only a Christ-filled life, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, can be a Christ-centered life. For other contributions to the discussion, please click below:
...and keeping company with the folks at Emily's: