12 Jan 2018

‘Jesus at the Centre of it All’

by John McManus

Start by reading…Genesis 26:17-27:46Matthew 9:1-17Psalm 10:16-18Proverbs 3:9-10

Like his father, Abraham, Isaac was central in the establishment of the Jewish people. Abraham’s second son, the son of promise, was part of God’s great plan to bring forth a Saviour.

To preserve his inheritance, the flocks and herds Isaac had amassed needed water. Genesis 26:18 says:

“And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father…”

Wells were central to survival. A water source was needed wherever there was pasture for grazing, but the enemy (the Philistines) stopped up these wells, filling them with earth to prevent the supply. Without water, the sheep wouldn’t survive. Isaac knew that he had to dig these wells again to preserve his inheritance.

Does this Philistine tactic sound familiar? The analogy here for those who profess the Lordship of Jesus is that, wherever God has placed us – in terms of geography, family, relationships, career or ministry – Jesus must be our centre and our source.

The priority for believers is to “seek first the kingdom of God” (see Matthew 6:33), for His reign and rule to be the most important thing in our lives, with Jesus at the centre of everything we do. He is our source; our supply.

Pause and reflect: In John 4:13-14 Jesus says:

“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst, the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 Our enemy, the devil, wants to cut us off from our supply. He wants to cut us off from our inheritance by stopping up our wells, stemming the flow, filling our lives with distractions and other priorities. Let’s preserve our inheritance and continue growing more Christlike. Let’s dig these wells again!


John McManus
John McManus

John is a passionate follower of Jesus, husband to his wife Julie and father to his three grown up children, Andrew, Hannah & Michael. He lives in Chepstow and serves with the team there at Victory Church.

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