Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Colossians 1:15-23

Today's reading is really a devotional in and of itself. It gives us all a reminder of just exactly who God is. In our everyday lives, in our everyday minds, we might not take the time to recognize who God is.... sure, God is God, but who is that? We have the perfect revelation of God in Jesus, but we also tend to focus on Jesus the person - what he did on earth, what did he teach, whom did he heal or touch? How did he transform the world? We focus on Jesus, because that's the most we know of God. But every now and then we are reminded of who Jesus is -his Godliness.

Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, reminds them of who Jesus is. Take a moment to reflect on this passage:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or
rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 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 and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 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— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved 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.

This is Jesus, God, whom we serve. Are you His servant? How will you serve Him today?

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