Christ Through and For

If you were asked what is your best childhood memory, what image would pop-up in your mind?


As a kid, some of my greatest childhood memories occurred while living in Wauconda Illinois. We lived in a cul-de-sac with about 10 boys around my age.. From the time we got off the school bus until we were called in for dinner we ran around with nothing but our imaginations and whatever items we could scrounge up. Whether it was playing cops and robbers, using dollar store toy guns and life vests, or playing street hockey with smashed and rounded coke cans, we always kept ourselves occupied.


But my best childhood memory was when we played tennis baseball under the streetlights and I hit the ball across the street and into the neighbor's backyard. At 6 years old, this was a ginormous feat for me, and a hit that would make my childhood hero, Paul Konerko proud.


What would it take for you to live a life that Jesus would be proud of?


As we dive into Colossians 1:15-16, keep that question in your mind.


In verse 15, Paul expresses that Jesus Christ is the image of God.


The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Col. 1:15).


If we ever want to see God, hear his voice, or get to know him,we don’t have to look any further than the Gospels of the New Testament. In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John we can see Christ, the image of God walking the same earth we do.


In verse 16 Paul paints the stark image that ALL things were created by Jesus and for Jesus.


For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16).


While reading over this, I had to ask myself, “does my life resemble a life centered around living for Jesus? I have to be honest and say that my life does not always bear the image of God. The underlying reality of our universe is that Jesus is at the center of it, and our lives should reflect the same. We are created in the image of God to glorify him before all creation. If we live this daily in our lives, we certainly can live a life that would make Christ proud.


REFLECTION

When you hear the name Jesus, what is the image that comes to mind?


If you could change one thing in your day tomorrow to make Jesus the center of your life what would it be?


If we lived a life for Jesus and lived through the power he gives us, how would your life look different?


PRAYER

  • As you begin your day, ask yourself what would it take for you to live a life that Jesus would be proud of?

  • What obstacles do you have to remove to make Jesus the center of your life?

  • Pray that God allows you to recognize the obstacles and that you could live your day with the recognition that you were created to live for Jesus and depend on him to do so.

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