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 1:22-33

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 the blood of 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 truly second. We have described this arrangement 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.

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 be able to live our lives in loving service to others. Lovingly serving others out of our intimate love relationship with God is the focus of our Devotionals this week.

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, I truly want you to be at the center of my life so that you are first and I am second. I know this is the key to our having a full love relationship with each other. Forgive me for all the times I relegated you to second or even less. Show me how to genuinely surrender myself to you and your love. So, fill me with your love that it overflows from me into the lives of others. Amen!