Putting God's Word into Practice…

Colossians 1:15-23 ~ All Things

on December 28, 2012

I am feeling very distracted.  These verses contain such amazing truths, but I feel like they are simply words on a page this morning.  Lord, make them life to me!

Why did Jesus come to earth?  Why would he lay aside His glory, honor and power to be born a man?  Because we needed Him!  We needed to see God!  We needed a Savior!

In verse 21 those without faith are described as alienated from God-in need of reconciliation; hostile in mind–in need of peace with God; doing evil deeds–in need of holiness.  Jesus came to remedy our alienation, hostility and corruption.

Here are some truths about Jesus from these nine verses.  You may want to read them yourselves and circle the phrase “all things.”

  1. Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.
  2. Jesus is the firstborn of ALL creation.
  3. Jesus is the Creator of ALL things.
  4. ALL things were created FOR Him.
  5. Jesus is before ALL things.
  6. ALL things are held together by Him.
  7. Jesus is the head of the church.
  8. Jesus is the beginning.
  9. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead.
  10. He deserves preeminence in EVERYTHING.
  11. Jesus was the fullness of God dwelling in man.
  12. Jesus is the one who reconciles ALL things to Himself.
  13. Jesus is the peace-maker by His own blood and the cross.
  14. Jesus is the only one who can present us as holy, blameless and above reproach.

The last one is conditional, based on our faith.  We must be faithful to the end–steadfast and stable, keeping our foundation on the hope of the gospel.  I heard someone say recently that “drifting” is the biggest danger in the Christian’s life.  It is not huge moral failure or flat out denial, but day-to-day drifting from the truth of the gospel. Failing to remember that Jesus holds ALL THINGS together.  Keeping Jesus in a compartment–not making HIM first in ALL THINGS–family, friends, church, work, school, recreation, agenda, etc…!  Forgetting that our salvation is only by His blood shed on the cross–thereby putting our faith in ourselves and our own morality.

Lord, today, show me how to make Jesus first in everything–in my cleaning, in my hospitality, in my parenting, in my marriage, in my friendships, in EVERYTHING! In the powerful name of Jesus I ask, Amen.

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