All For Christ
Colossians 1:16, 17
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
There was a point in history when people thought that the universe revolved around the earth, but now we understand that the Sun is the center of our solar system. There is also a point in every human’s life, starting at birth, that we think that life revolves around us. Many believe this same way about God, that He is just some addition to our lives to help in time of need. May the Holy Spirit open our blind eyes and reveal to us that Jesus, the Son of God, is the center of all things.
Even in our culture we are bombarded with the lie that we are the center of life; that everything is about us and for us. Self– magazine, MySpace, Burger King “have it your way”, Albertsons “it’s your store”; our commercials tells us we deserve this, and we deserve that, but the truth is, the only thing we deserve is the wrath of God, for we have broken His commands our entire life.
I am here to tell you that life is not about you; it is all about Christ. Everything was made through Him, and for Him! That means that even the gospel was given for Jesus Christ! How is that so? It is so because in it the attributes of God are seen by men, bringing glory to the Father and to the Son. The fact that God saves sinful men, taking our wicked hearts and making them new shows what a wonderful and gracious Creator we have (Ezekiel 36:26). It shows that He is still holy by executing judgment against our sins, but that He is merciful and abounding in love in the fact that He did not execute us for our transgressions, but instead smashed His own Son on the cross in our place, giving us underserved righteousness!
All of these things show us His glory, and that is why we live. It displays God’s beauty as He redeems a people for Himself and makes them holy; a people who were once God haters by nature, but now have become partakers of His Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! We were made for His glory!
So the next time you feel like Joshua when he ran into Jesus, and asked Him, “are you for us or against us?”, remember Jesus reply; He answered, “No, but as Commander of the armies of heaven I have not come!” (Joshua 5:14). Then let us fall on our face before Him in worship and seek how we may serve Him. For it is not Jesus who is for us, but we for Him; He is the Head, the Commander of all things, and it is we who are under Him. It is when we understand this truth that real life begins.
Love in Jesus, Jonathan Ball