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The Supremacy of Christ

Colossians 1:18-20

18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

               Here we are with another “Approaching Sunday.”  The fact that you are taking time to read this article would indicate that you have placed an importance on preparing yourself for God’s message this weekend.  Perhaps you are in a quiet place with time to contemplate these thoughts.  Perhaps you are waiting in line or at a stop light looking at this article on your phone.  Maybe you choose to read it with your family or small group.  Whatever the case, your actions show your desire to make room for Christ in your life.

               The verses we will look at this Sunday use a fantastic word: “preeminent.”  Christ should be preeminent in all things.  Biblestudytools.com defines this word as “to put first.”  According to Colossians 1:18 we should put Christ first in all things.  What does this look like?

               Here is an exercise I learned long ago that I would like to present as a challenge to you.  At the end of the day, take out a piece of paper and a pen (or a computer or tablet).  Think back to the moment your alarm went off this morning and write down all that you have done.  It may look something like this:

               Got out of bed and got ready for work, ate breakfast, etc.

               Drove to work

               Had a meeting

               Went to lunch with a co-worker

               You get the idea.  After you list the activities, go back and ask yourself this question:  “Did I put Christ first in each specific thing?”  If the answer is yes, how did you do it?  If the answer is no, how could you have done it?   Here are some examples:

               As I drove to work, I got cut off in traffic.  I made it very clear with my body language that I was angry with the other driver.  This was not putting Christ first.  I should have exhibited more patience and understanding.  At lunch, I was asked to go to lunch with a friend in the office.  Realizing that it might not look good for me to be at lunch alone with another man (being a married woman) I asked another friend to join us.  Not only did I avoid any appearance of evil, making Christ preeminent in my actions, but I was able to share my faith with both of my co-workers as we chatted over lunch.

               This exercise, done daily, will help you see the practicality of putting Christ first in EVERYTHING.  All too often, I believe that we only make room for Him in our lives.  We put Him first in the religious category of our lives, but when it comes to every detail of every day, we do not make His preeminence a priority.  As I practiced this day after day, I started seeing Christ intersecting with everything.   I hope that it can help you in this way too.

Posted by Bethany Lay with