Stop Putting Jesus First

It’s common for Christians and Christian leaders to talk about their priorities. Usually they list it something like:

  1. Relationship with Jesus.
  2. Family.
  3. Friends.
  4. Work.
  5. Church.

While this approach is surely well-intentioned, I think there’s a better way.


Rather than seeing Jesus as the top priority, picture him as the hub of the wheel of your life.

Jesus is the hub. The other things are spokes. Everything connects to your relationship to him.

This way, Jesus is at the center of your:

  • family, informing how you spend your time, invest your money, use your tongue, and make memories.
  • friendships, reshaping how you encourage, challenge and enjoy one another.
  • work, infiltrating even the most mundane aspects of life and invigorating some of the most exciting ones.
  • church involvement, freeing you to give, serve, participate and love out of joy instead of obligation.

At Redemption Church, we say it this way: all of life is all for Jesus.

Jesus isn’t just the top priority, he’s the hub of the wheel of your life.

Published by Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since.

6 thoughts on “Stop Putting Jesus First

  1. Initially, this title freaked me out, but now I get it. And it’s a freeing truth! Because that means that, even if I don’t get my “quiet time” in the morning before my kids are up and needing my attention, I haven’t failed. With Jesus as the hub of my life, I am doing the work He has given me to do today. What a sweet truth!!

  2. It took me too long to post this reply. Life activities prevented me.
    But I still wanted to get to this since the priorities list greatly impacted my life.

    Jesus as the hub is a great analogy-  the center of all our lives. A well rounded Christian view is best served by seeing Jesus as the hub. what do we have? or what we ‘do’ that shouldn’t be done to the glory of God?

    Being we are all sinners, fractured pictures of God’s perfect creation, sometimes we need a reminder of priorities since we have a tendency to get them out of whack, even at the encouragement of others … I’ve been there done that.

    I would suggest the Priorities list as a compliment to the hub. Keep the list on a scroll in a drawer, or even framed hanging on the wall, with your fill-in points about the hub for each point, to remind us the order of things for when our wheel becomes lob-sided. 🙂

  3. Recently came across a question in a marriage assessment that went something like “do you have a Christ centered relationship?” (Btw, do the quotation marks belong inside or outside the question mark?) I digress… Two people who proclaimed Christ as the center of their life and have relationship, I don’t think is the same thing as two people who have Christ as the center of their relationship. I also think this transcends marriage relationships, and ought to be the core of all our relationships.

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