Lately we've been talking about Jesus being the center of all and the central point in our inner life. This is why I wanted to write a few sentences regarding this topic of essential meaning. Entering deeper in the knowledge of our God, we will ultimately come upon this truth: the focus on the center. What do I mean with that? It's something, or rather Someone, inside every new-born believer that's like a magnetic attraction. Deep inside, God is pursuing us like a magnet and He is drawing us deeper and deeper still, pouring His love into us. There's a continual pouring happening inside of us, because Jesus imparted to us God's love, so that we may experience the same endless love that God has for Jesus.
How? By His love and He Himself living inside of us (Jn. 17:26, Rom. 5:5).
Where? In the center.
When we start focusing on the center, God purifies us of everything that's not of Him. In giving up things that weren't God's will, we will find ourselves happier than we could imagine. Giving up something for the One we love most isn't easy or painless, but that "yes" (that willingness) will make us more like Him (Rom. 8:29). Anyway, He only wants what stands between us and Him. The question that comes up here is: Are we afraid to trust Him, "the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort"? (2 Cor. 1:3 TPT).
As usually we find the best examples in what God Himself created: in the nature, more exactly in the cycle of the water. Looking at the ocean we all know that by the shining of the sun the water evaporates and it begins moving in a gas form towards it. These are impure, but as they ascend they are purified and refined. That's how it is with our souls. There's only a slight difference. Let me explain. What did the water do to rise up? Nothing, it was in a way passive. The cleansing happened as it was drawn up. As we are drawn to our inward center where Jesus dwells we can voluntarily cooperate with God, that's unlike water which has no choice.
If we learn to turn inwardly towards God, we will find it easier to keep turning there. It's like an exercise, the longer we turn within, the closer we'll come and cling to God and the farther we're separated from our flesh, which opposes our drawing to the center towards Him. However, with time we mature and are established in turning within. Then this lifestyle will become our natural realm of living, not as in the past the lifestyle of living on the surface.
I really desire that it would be normal to me and my habit to live in the center of my whole being where my Beloved is.