January 10, 2009

It's All About Jesus

Colossians 1:15-20

[Jesus Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17


Life is often a whirl of activities. Our daily work soaks up most of the day. There may be kids and grandkids to care for. Meanwhile we juggle friendships and social obligations. Thinking of others, we volunteer time to our church evangelism program or a local food pantry. No wonder we often feel exhausted!

We are pulled in so many directions! Does there remain a core to our lives? Is there a common theme that runs through our day? Is there some glue that binds together all the many pieces of life?

If you embrace the Christian faith, you know the answer is yes. The binding force is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the hub from which all the spokes of life radiate. He brings all our diverse activities into a unified sense of purpose.

Looking at Paul’s words in Colossians 1, that’s not surprising. Christ gives unity not only to our personal lives but also to all created reality! In fact, Paul declares that in Christ all things hold together! In quick order, Paul reminds us that Christ is the mediator of creation, the redeemer of a fallen world, the head of the church, and the supreme Lord of history.

No wonder Christians spend so much time talking about Jesus.

And no wonder your personal future depends so much on trusting him as your Savior and Lord!

Lord Jesus, your work spans the universe; yet your care reaches deep into our everyday lives. Help us weave together the strands of life as we center ourselves in you. Amen.

About the author — Bob Heerspink

Dr. Robert Heerspink was director of Back to God Ministries International from 2006 until 2011, when he passed away. He had previously pastored several Christian Reformed churches. Bob loved to write and was a frequent contributor to the Today devotional.

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