And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:15-20
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In our relationship with God, if he is truly allowed to be first, then we are not. This arrangement can also be described as God being at the center of our lives. If he is not in the center then it means that we are treating him as if he exists for us rather than us existing for Him. God is in our lives, but we are still at the center and he is just one more component of our lives that needs to take its place in orbit around our self-occupied center along with all the other orbiting components of our lives. Jesus came to deliver us from this reversal.
When he was here, this is how he lived (submitted to the Father), this is what he taught, and this is what he died for. The Lord saves us and brings us into relationship with himself for the very purpose of being at the center of our lives. Salvation without this kind of surrender is a real dilemma. God calls us to love him, but we will not be able to love him truly if we are not surrendered. And if we do not love him, we will not fulfill his desire for us to love others. When through our surrender, God is allowed to take his place in the center of our lives, we will lovingly live our lives in the service of others.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for surrendering to your Father’s will and sacrificing yourself on the cross for me. Thank you for redeeming me from sin and self. Thank you for teaching me the truth that through the forgiveness of sins you have come to live in me through the Holy spirit so that I might embrace and live out a life of servanthood through your empowering presence. I give you the center place in my life so that as your servant I can lovingly live my life in the service of others. Amen!
Posted on Mon, January 28, 2019
by Ken Hart