Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it (Colossians 1:15-23 New Living Translation).
This is an excellent reminder of who Christ is and who we are in Christ. These verses are also encouraging for our walk, and faith-building. We can stop trying to earn our places in heaven; we can stop trying to control and manipulate things in the hopes that it propels us towards our Kingdom purposes. Christ has already paved the way, as believers, we only need to walk it out!
When we want to see the Father, we need only to look upon the Son. All this earth was created by the Father through the Son, including the things in the spiritual realm. There is nothing we can add to what Jesus Christ has already done, and there is nothing we can subtract from it. By His sacrifice on the cross, we have been reconciled to God. We can now stand before the Father because the blood of Christ washed us clean, our filthy rags turned to robes of righteousness. Our belief in Christ and His work ensures our place with the Father for eternity.
Just as Paul admonishes the Colossians to continue to believe this truth, we must also never let go of it, standing firm on the Rock that is Christ. The more we stand and believe this truth, the more we will be willing to share it with others. For, if we can’t believe it ourselves, how effective will our evangelism be? Preaching the Good News should not be seen as “getting people saved” and adding another notch to our belts, it should be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit prompting others to recognize their need for Christ as we simply share what Christ has done. People don’t save people, Jesus Christ does.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us with a new day! Each day You grant us gives us new opportunities to share Your Son and His sacrifice with someone else; may we share with humility, stepping aside and allowing the Holy Spirit to convict the heart. May we be reminded of who we are in Christ and who He is at all times. Father, help us to live for You and not try to manipulate others to our ways of thinking. Encourage us in our faith, today. Help us to see our churches as hospitals, where not everyone who enters has eternal life, even those who have been there for years. Change their hearts, God, and may their professed belief in You become actual belief! Father, we love You and offer ourselves as living sacrifices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Meditate on Scripture today, see just who Christ says you are and see Him for who He is.
Additional Scriptures: Colossians 1