Today we’ll look at Colossians 1:16-17, but I’ll read vv. 15-20 in its entirety:
He [Christ] 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. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
This passage is rich with truths about Jesus. We see in vv. 16-17 that he created ALL things. The Father created everything through him; he is the agent of creation. Not only did he created all things, but the reason everything was created was for him. This means that all of creation, including you, was created for the purpose of bringing glory to Christ. It is all about him not us! The way we live our life should not be based on what we want or how we feel. Instead, it is to be based on what brings glory to Christ. Whenever we don’t live with this mentality, we deny the very purpose for which we were created.
Christ is not only the creator, but also the sustainer of all things as stated in v. 17: “in him all things hold together.” Hebrews 1:3 teaches that Christ upholds everything by the word of his power. Just by speaking the word, Christ is keeping the earth rotating, the sun burning, and our hearts beating. If Christ were to withdraw his sustaining power, the whole universe would collapse and turn to nothing. Every breath you take is a gift from God. Every morning you wake up is a gift from God. May we not forget the sustaining power of God each and every day of our lives.
- How does it affect your day-to-day decisions knowing that you were created for the glory of Christ?
- How can you glorify Christ today?
- What comfort do you draw knowing that Christ is sustaining all things including history?