It was the sixteenth-century Polish astronomer Nicolai Copernicus who proved that the theory of an Earth-centered universe, which had been taught by Aristotle and Ptolemy, was not accurate. Copernicus proposed and proved that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system.
A “Copernican moment,” then, is when we realize we are not the center of the universe, but rather, the Son of God is. Instead of everything revolving around me, everything revolves around Him.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:6-9)
Everything in all of creation, including you and me, is under the rule and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian Copernican moment is a great grace of God! To realize the truth that we are not the center of the universe frees us to live for the One who is. It also frees those around us to live according to His purpose, rather than ours.
Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created by God to live for God, which meant God was the center of their universe. God was to sit upon the throne of their lives. They were to find their identity in God. They were to find their purpose through God. Tragically, our first parents chose to remove God from the center of their universe and put themselves there.
You know the rest of the story. Man was never meant to be what only God can be—the center of all things. Only when we center our lives on Jesus do we begin recapturing the humanity lost when our first parents turned away from God. We simply cannot know who we truly are apart from God being our center and the focal point of life.
You see, life is not about the expansion of our own little kingdom, which is exactly what Adam and Eve sought to do in the Garden of Eden. Life is about the expansion of God’s BIG kingdom, which means that all of life—our work, our families, our dreams, our goals, our agendas, our recreation, everything—is to be centered on the Lord Jesus Christ.
By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
It is my prayer that you will start this day and every day after with a Christian Copernican moment that keeps Jesus at the center of every aspect of your life.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!