Over the past several months, I’ve been doing a slow study through Colossians, specifically Colossians 1:15-20. This section is focused on the preeminence of Christ.
An experience of mine, and one I think is familiar to most people, is that I can be hyper-focused on the concerns and cares of the details of my life in my own neck of the woods, and quickly lose sight of the big picture reality of God’s work in the world.
The truth in this section has been my antidote lately.
“…all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church.” Colossians 1:16-18
It puts my limited human brain in its place to be reminded that Christ is the one who created all things, and holds all things together. He designed the molecules that make up my body, the chair I’m sitting on, and everything I see around me. He is the designer of all of the different hues of purple that I can see in the flowers growing in my garden.
Not only did he create it all, but he holds it together. Hebrews 1:3 says that “he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” I love the challenge of trying to get my mind around that phrase: “upholding the universe by the word of his power”!
One of the beautiful things in Christ’s church is the variety of gifts and personalities found in His people. God reassures us that He himself is the one leading the church, and constantly loving and caring for his people, in the same way that we can’t help but take care of our own body. (Ephesians 6:29)
May God comfort us with the knowledge of His infinite power and infinite care today.