Dr. John Woodward
Be ontologically Christ-centered. The Spirit of Christ can be in you (John 1:12; Col. 1:27) – part 1
Now consider another dimension of being “Christ-centered.”
2. Be experientially Christ-centered. The Spirit of Christ can be expressed in and through you.
Being Christ-centered in experience goes beyond one’s state of being regenerated and justified (Rom. 5:1; Titus 3:5). These blessings do not guarantee that we are living according to God’s priorities and power. The revelation and reckoning of our oneness with Christ involves being convicted of the weakness and futility of our living out of “the flesh,” followed by Holy Spirit-enabled steps of faith (Rom. 6:10,11). We are to depend upon Christ as the basis of our new identity and source of dynamic living.
Paul confessed this experiential aspect of Christ-centeredness in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Regrettably, only a minority of us can say like Paul, “For me, to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).
So, being “Christ-centered” is not only an ontological statement (“Christ is in me”), but a functional commitment (“for me, to live is Christ”).
This being the case, what are the conditions of experiencing Christ-centered living in our soul and behavior? Although the full answer is contained throughout the New Testament, two responses are fundamental:
yielding to God, and
trusting in Christ’s indwelling life.