23rd October 2017

Don’t Put Jesus First 

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. 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.”
Colossians 1:15-18 (NIV) 

Have you ever heard it said that when we set the priorities for our lives it should go something like this? Jesus first; Then our husband or wife; Then our children; Then our wider family; Then our career; Then perhaps our hobbies and leisure pursuits. That looks like a pretty good set of priorities, doesn’t it?

There is, however, a problem with this approach. Does it mean that to put Jesus first, before my wife, children and family, that I ignore them in order to spend more time with him? Putting Jesus first in this instance seems to mean we segregate the different priorities of life and we end up removing Jesus from where we spend the majority of our time—with our family, at work, or in our down time.

Is there a better approach than putting Jesus first? In the above passage from Colossians, Paul tells us that Jesus is first, before and over everything; but he also says all things were created through and for him, that in him all things hold together, and in everything he might have the supremacy. Paul then goes on to show that the goal of the cross was to reconcile all things to Jesus Christ (Verse 20).

This tells me that Jesus is the centre of all things, of everything, and provides me with a radically different approach to life. Rather than have Jesus first in my life, I have Jesus at the centre of my life. This means that it is not Jesus, then my marriage; but Jesus in my marriage. Not Jesus, then my family; but Jesus in my family. Not Jesus, then my career; but Jesus in my career. Not Jesus then my hobbies; but Jesus in my hobbies.

We will do a much better job at giving Jesus pre-eminence in our lives if he is at the very centre of everything we are and everything we do. Why not take some time to meditate on the words of Michael Frye’s hymn, ‘Jesus be the Centre’? “Jesus, be the centre, Be my source…my light…my hope…my song…my vision…my path…my guide…Be the fire in my heart, be the wind in these sails, be the reason that I live, Jesus.

Don’t put Jesus first! Have Jesus at the very centre of your life and allow him to permeate everything.

Prayer
Father, from the beginning to the end, everything revolves around your Son Jesus. I
n him we live and move and have our being. From my heart to my every deed, Jesus, be the centre.
Amen
 

Study by Barry Robinson

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About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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