Look out the window right now. If you don’t have a window (like my office and classroom!), then look at your hand.
your feet. your computer. the air. books. trees. birds. the internet. bicycles. little girls with bows in their hair.
Can we all agree that God created it all? Done. Got it. Been there. Children’s message from the pastor back in ’82…God made everything through… JESUS!
I was never told, or maybe it never struck me, what Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians:
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
All those things you see and interact with each day…they are created through Jesus, held together by Jesus and created FOR Jesus.
…and they all come after Jesus.
Really think about that. The significance of that statement. Don’t just brush it aside and let it slide off of your shoulder like a snowflake on your NorthFace softshell jacket…let it stick to your face and savor it like a kiss from somebody you really like.
all of those things. created for Jesus.
When I use my hands, they’re created for Jesus. When I use my computer, it was created for Jesus. When I lay in the grass, it was created for Jesus. Does Jesus come down and lay in the grass? Well, scripture promises that He’s with us, so last Sunday when I laid in the grass in the park with my wife, Jesus was there. Lovin the grass and fresh air with me!
I’ll end with one question.
Will it change how you use the things you see and interact with each day… if you know they were first created for Jesus?
…and not just for you.
2 thoughts on “by Him & for Him”
Good stuff Gerk. How true you are! And how easy it is for me to flip-flop the role and order of creation.
Answer to your question? Yes! It should anyways.
I have another verse to through into the mix from 2 Timothy 2:11, which makes it even more amazing…
“If we have died with him, we shall also live with him, if we endure to the end, we shall reign with him.”
Thanks buddy! I always appreciate your thoughts and comments and especially our faith discussions. Great Timothy verse, thanks for the addition. What hope and assurance that gives! Peace. 🙂