Text: Colossians 1
Today I would like to share some thoughts out of Colossians 1 that I pray will encourage you. Colossians 1:18 is perhaps the most familiar verse in this chapter and ends with a powerful statement, "... that in all things he (Christ) might have the preeminence." It does not mean that Christ is first place. It means that Christ is the only place. To put something or someone in first place means that it is possible for there to be a close second; but if something or someone is the only place, there can be no close second. In my spiritual life, I must recognize that Christ is to have the only place available in my life. He must have the preeminence.
In the preceding verses, Paul talks much of Christ and what He has done. There are two main actions which Christ did, mentioned in chapter 1, that I would like to highlight. The first is found in verse 14, "In whom we have redemption ..." The word redemption here means "a releasing effected by payment of ransom." In other words, a price was paid. Yes, indeed, a high price was paid for you and for me. The innocent blood of the spotless Lamb was shed when it should have been our blood that was shed. Christ bought us back from the sin master we were enslaved to. The price was death. The payment was made on the cross. And now, forever, we stand redeemed! The first question to meditate on today is simple: Do you live in light of that truth? As I evaluate that in my own life, I must confess there are days I take for granted the redemption I have received, but my heart's burden is that I am reminded daily of Christ's redemptive work for me.
The second gracious act of Christ is that He reconciled us. Twice in verses 20 and 21, the word reconciled is mentioned. The first time, it mentions that He reconciled "... all things unto himself; ..." The second time describes the state we were in when He reconciled us. Reconciliation is done by Christ for Christ. He did not reconcile us for us, although we benefit greatly from it! He reconciled us for Himself and to Himself. It is about Christ! As you study the word "reconcile", it means "to bring back into a state of harmony." I asked some people more talented in music than I could ever be what harmony is. They shared with me that it is multiple parts working together so well that they sound like one voice, but it goes even deeper than that. The working together comes as a result of knowing every one well enough to know how to sound like they should. Wow! Christ did not just redeem me to free me. He redeemed me and now wants to keep me in a state of harmony. He wants to keep me in a place where we sound the same. Since He can never fail or sin, if Christ and I are out of tune, it is my fault. I need to be brought back in tune with the Savior .... and that is something He can do very well. As in the music illustration above, the more I know Christ and walk with Him, the more I will sound like Him.
I want to encourage you today to not just enjoy redemption. That is a sweet part of it all, for sure, but it is not all. Enjoy the opportunity each day to be in sweet harmony with the Savior. Redemption was one time; being in sweet harmony is every day. Enjoy the fullness of the Christian walk and stay in tune with the Savior. How do you sound today?
Written by Kenn Winn