Today is day 86 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
The book of Colossians is Paul reminding us where our lives should be centered. Jesus is the center of everything.
If we are the solar system, Jesus is the sun – we revolve around Him.
If we are a cell, Jesus is the nucleus – He keeps us moving and functioning.
If we are an earthquake, Jesus is the epicenter – He’s the point of all action.
Jesus is the center, the point of action, the place that all growth, life, and action stems from. HE. IS. IT. Everything in the book points back to Him – He’s the reason anything exists and the reason it’s still existing – He holds it all together.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For byt 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.” – Colossians 1:15-17
Colossians is Paul’s third “prison epistle.” Ephesians and Philippians came first, and the final one is Philemon (more on that one tomorrow). There he was, locked in a Roman prison cell, writing some of the deepest, most practical words we would ever read. I’m sure he had no idea the impact that these simple letters would have. 2,000 years later, they’re still shaking us up! Because Jesus was at the center of everything Paul lived for, God even used his times of persecution and suffering to proclaim the name of Christ! John and the book of Revelation are another great example of that…but that’s for another blog as well.
I’ve mentioned it before, but the main reason Paul is able to write such joy- and -purpose-filled words are because of where his mind and life is centered. He reminds us very clearly where ours should be centered as well…
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1
Can you imagine how this mindset could completely change your life?
What if you viewed your trial through the filter of “things above?”
What if you viewed all the stuff you have (house, car, money, etc) through the filter of “things above?”
What if you viewed your relationships through the filter of “things above?”
Paul had a very unique God-given perspective and outlook on life, because everything that happened and every relationship he formed was filtered through and focused on “things above.”
One heresy that Paul hit head-on (Ch. 2) was the exaltation of human wisdom. That’s definitely something we have to combat today. Whether it’s a psychic, higher learning, “coexisting” religions, or cult beliefs, many people turn to knowledge and learning as their god. It’s a good reminder to remember Who made our brains in the first place and Who keeps them functioning today!
I’d challenge you with this: take a minute right now to pray and ask God to help you center everything you do for the rest of the day on Him. If you’ll follow through on it, it will literally change the rest of your day…and if you keep going, it will change your life!