Image of All

July 6, 2020

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

Colossians 1:15-20

Written by Amber Kinnett from the Brentwood Campus

During seasons of uncertainty and worry, I often find the greatest comfort when listening to music. There’s a song by Elevation Worship titled, “I Will Look Up,” and its message speaks volumes to those who are looking for reassurance in the person of Christ. The lyrics state, “I will look up, for there is none above You. I will bow down to tell You that I need You, Jesus, Lord of all. I will look back and see that You are faithful. I look ahead believing You are able, Jesus, Lord of all—Jesus, Lord of all.”

When reading today’s Scripture, I’m reminded that focusing on the person of Christ is what matters most of all. He’s the image of God, and everything He does reflects the character, nature and attributes of our Heavenly Father. As “the Son,” Jesus is the firstborn of all creation and is the beginning of life itself. As we continue reading Scripture, we see that He truly is the ultimate representation of all things. It’s only in Him that our lives have any meaning. And even when we can’t physically see God, we can trust that He is with us and for us because of what Christ has done.

I love how the apostle Paul puts it in Philippians 2: “[Jesus], existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We were once separated from God because of our sin, but Christ has made a way for peace in our lives. If we believe in the name of Jesus and in the power of His resurrection, we too will be raised to new life and be eternally His. He promises to take us to new heights, and with new heights come new perspectives.

I want to remind you today that you were created through Him and for Him. If you’ve put your faith in Jesus Christ, then your life will begin to look like His. You don’t have to worry about the world around you. Christ is our constant in uncertainty, and He knows exactly what we are going through. Trust Him today to be exactly what you need. When Jesus is your focus, He becomes your all.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When you look at your life, what do you see? Take a moment to remember what God has done for you.
  2. Do you trust Christ today to be your all?
  3. Pray now, asking Jesus to be the focus of your life and your peace for every season.