“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
Back in Colossians today!
So much hit me with these verses but one thing in particular stuck out to me that’s something I desperately struggle with and I pray this Gold can be of some benefit to you in your life! Things may get real and some things may be hard to hear in this Gold because God has showed me a lot about me that’s not too great. If you get hit by some truth just know I got hit too and praise God!!! He’s breaking us down to rebuild us better!
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m going through the motions in my relationship with Christ. Checking off all the religious to-do boxes and even praying in a way where I found myself trying to say all the right things instead of actually sharing my heart with the Lord. It’s an easy thing to do and that’s what makes it so scary that I do this and so many others fall into this trap. These verses struck something in me that showed the root of my routine with Christ and why my faith has become seemingly small. It’s all because of the size of Christ in my life.
Before I dig into the verses and share with you the bigness and just how SUPREME Christ really is, I’ll tell you how I or I guess I can say we so easily and often make Christ out to be much smaller than He really is. How we shrink Christ to the size that makes us feel good putting Christ in a box.
Paul is writing this to the church of Colosse to teach and remind them of the magnitude of Christ because they were having problems with false teachers telling them differently. These teachers were false because they told them that Christ wasn’t enough to be saved because there must be more added to it. You can see in what Paul says here describing who Christ is and what He’s done that he wants these believers in Colosse to know, Christ is enough. He’s actually more than enough and there’s nothing more to be added to Him or taken away from Him to make Him what He already is to us, enough.
Very similar to these early Christians we live in a world that screams false teaching at us constantly. “You need this, do this, try this, be this.” The world says we need to have all these “things”, do all these “things” and be all these “things” because without these “things” we’ll never make it. It’s easy to fall into this “things” influence because if the majority of people around us are investing their lives in “things” don’t we want to fit in? Be more like everybody else? And from years and years of living in this world, especially America where “things” are of abundance, we are used to them. We’ve made it this far off “things” why change it now? Or we enjoy these other “things” so much that we are scared without them we wouldn’t survive. I say all that about “things” because when we fall into this “thing” trap, we drawn away by these influences, we are saying that Christ isn’t enough.
The world says “it’s okay” and we feel “normal” living with our trust in all these “things” but is it?? It hurt realizing how much in my life I make these little, temporary “things” bigger than Christ. You may not want to admit it like I didn’t, but when you take some evaluation of your life, decisions, actions, and thoughts, there’s a lot of “things” telling us that we don’t think Christ is enough.
Is Christ enough? Let’s look at what God’s Word says. “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” Woah, that’s intense but what does it mean? Paul is saying if you want to know what God looks like, then look at Christ! Jesus Christ is “God in the flesh.” Jesus perfectly revealed to the world God’s nature, character and love. So often we make this image of God that fits into our box, that fits with our own thoughts, desires, and wants. For Jesus to fit in our box that means we end up shrinking Him down to a much smaller size than He actually is. When we place Jesus at the same level or below all the “things” in our life, then the size we see Jesus at, the magnitude of His power and presence in our lives is shrunk to fit.
Look at what else Paul shows us about Jesus, “He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.”
Jesus existed before all these “things” were ever created. Before we were ever created. And He is SUPREME over every “thing.” Supreme means, “strongest, most important, or most powerful.” Compared to every “thing” Jesus is above it all, He is the stronger, more important and much more powerful.
And, “Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
We say and live as if Christ isn’t enough. How can that be? Do we see what God’s Word says about Christ, Who He is and what He’s done????
How could there be any”thing” that we put above or trust before the Maker of all things? How could we put so much temporary including our temporary earthly lives above the One who is eternal, has always been and will always be? How could we trust in ourselves or any “thing” to do more or to be in control when Christ holds all of creation together? The One who’s in full control even in control over each breath we take!
How could there be anything that does more or means more than Him? There’s no magic pill, 10-step plan, fancy cars or houses, any amount of money or fame greater than JESUS CHRIST!!! There’s no one person or no one thing of this world with any more significance, power and control than JESUS CHRIST!!! There’s no”thing” that we can try in this world for temporary satisfaction that fills us with more peace or joy in our lives than the never-ending, all-powerful, constantly faithful love of JESUS CHRIST and the LIFE He gives us!!! There’s no tough situation or circumstance, no addiction, no sin, no problem that Christ can’t deliver you through because He is SUPREME!!! Head over everything, the most powerful, most awesome, the BIGGEST of all!!!
When we take away the box we put Jesus in, when we take away our wants and desires, when we take away all these “things” in our lives, the box limits Jesus but when we see how HUGE Jesus really is we wonder why we ever had a box in the first place? Why would we ever try to put limits on God who has no limits!!! When we simply realize that Jesus has done it all, we can trust and live faithfully knowing there’s nothing in our lives that He can’t do!!! Why?? Because He’s already done it all!!! How awesome is that?!?!
We have Christ and Christ has us! He’s all we need and gives us more LIFE than any “thing” or we could ever have! He’s not just enough for us, He’s MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!!!