PJ’s Daily Devotional for Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Can you imagine being first place in all things?
I can’t! I have lost my fair share of athletic contests; more than I have won and I have won quite a few. I have lost in love and in life, coming up short in every area of my life at one point or another no matter how many times I may have come out on top. The harsh reality of life is that I am not first in all things. Because of this, I have settled to be prominent in a few.
But the God who is and deserves to be first in all things will not settle in being prominent in a few areas of your life. God is worthy of all worship and does not allow anything to be before Him. Everything in all of creation—including your hobbies, interests, relationships, family, and career—must be under Jesus’ authority for He is preeminent.
Listen to the Apostle Paul try to put into simple words this reality about Jesus Christ: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—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. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:15-20).
Did you see that fancy word at the end of the second to last sentence? It is the word: PREEMINENT! That is the word that in other translations says, “first place in everything” and “supremacy.”
In other words: God wins in all things and His ways rule the world. To not submit to God is to swim upstream in every aspect of life. To make Jesus prominent in your life falls well short of Jesus being preeminent!
If there was a foot race, Jesus would win it on every course. If there was a literary contest, Jesus would win the award in every genre. If there was a cosmic championship, Jesus would walk away with the victory. There is nothing in which Jesus is not the supreme champion; He is first place in all things.
And Jesus wouldn’t just point up to give credit to God for His victory; He would embody the Victory in every area of His life all the time—that is what it means for Jesus to be first place in all things. With a heart that is constantly pointing up to the only One who is worthy of worship.
So, go ahead and point up to God when you win the race, hit the home run, or score the touchdown, but make sure that your life is pointing up to Jesus’ preeminence in every area throughout your life.
Is Jesus preeminent in all things or have you settled to make Jesus prominent in a few?