GRACE FOR THE JOURNEY
What is your first priority in life?
Is it your family? Your profession? Your reputation in the eyes of others? Your hobby?
The answer to this question can be found in the confession of your life. Remember the old saying: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say!”
The Apostle Paul wrote an epistle intended to build up the church in Colossae, which was mired in heresy, empty religious ritual, ungodly asceticism, and false mysticism. In the third chapter and eleventh verse of that inspired letter, Paul provides the answer to every question . . . the solution to every problem . . . and the strength to overcome every obstacle in both life and death – “Christ is all, and in all.”
Is Christ your all? If Jesus Christ is your all, He is to be in your all – all that you think, all that you do, all that you say, and all that you desire. Paul sets forth his reasoning behind why Christ is all in the first chapter of Colossians.
The Bible says in Colossians 1:15-18 – “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
Paul provides seven proofs to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ and why He is to be our first priority.
- Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
- Jesus is the firstborn of all creation.
- All things were created through Him and for Him.
- Jesus is before all things.
- Jesus holds all things together.
- Jesus is the head of the church.
- Jesus is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.
In a word, Jesus Christ is ALL! When Jesus raised you from death to life, He desired to sit upon the throne of your life – all of your life! Notice I said “desired,” not “demanded.” He will not demand your obedience or your love. To be sure, He has every right to demand all things from everyone, but He loves us far too much to do that. He does not desire morally restrained hearts that beat out of a sense of duty and obligation. He desires hearts that have been transformed by the truths of the Gospel, hearts that beat out of a sense of devotion and love.
When we understand what Jesus has done for us by His life, death, and resurrection, it changes the “why” behind everything we do. Love becomes the motive and motivation in all we think, do, and say. The more we hold the preeminence of Jesus before the eyes of our faith, the more we will be transformed – in thought, word, deed, and desire – by the power of the Gospel.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth … AMEN!