Scripture

Colossians 1: 9-23

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Reflection

The process of a redemptive transformation is found in replacing ourselves as the central object of focus with something greater. The false narrative of our culture is that joy and happiness will be found within us. In reality, the search for happiness is fruitless. Seeking to live a life that centers around loving God and loving others is what brings true joy and happiness. When we trust Christ and follow his ways, we right this error in thinking. We can find peace through our relationship with Christ as he daily redeems our souls for God’s purposes. 

The power of the gospel is that it sheds a light on our problem. We are broken spirits, incapable of wholeness outside of Christ. Our societal identity is the total of our achievements or giftedness. While our true identity can only be discovered when we realign our character with the Creator. We need Jesus, the living image of God as our example, as our representative, and our Redeemer. When we find our identity in that, we find wholeness, joy and peace. Do you look to yourself for happiness or do you look to Jesus for peace in your soul? 

Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for your unfailing love. Thank you for redeeming my heart and reconciling me to a relationship with you. Help me renew my commitment to live in your ways each day. Remind me that I need you and your grace in every aspect of my life, even the areas where I feel more than capable. Help me recognize my weaknesses and celebrate them as places for you to demonstrate your strength. I love you, Lord, and I long to follow you with all that I am and all that I have. Amen.