There was a beginning, and it started through Him and for Him, and in Him all things hold together. This is a profound statement that Paul uttered in His book to the church in Colossae. Just listen to what He says 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.” Colossians 1:15-17
hen is the last time this thought truly captivated your mind? This statement took over your whole being like a fog rolling through the hills on a summer morning? This question was delivered to me yesterday as I set in a meeting with some of our staff, and one of the most humbling things I realized in myself was, I don’t remember the last time I led worship out of sense of wonder. Every week I will role over to our local coffee shop to grab my favorite latte, walk into the cold halls of our campus worship center, set up, tune my guitar and lead songs, but will continually dull the fact in my heart that the one I am worshiping, created everything I see. Not only that, but He also holds everything together. That if He were to allow His thoughts to wonder for a split second, the particles that are holding together the fabrics of life would dissipate.
When, along the path of my life, did I make these truths become cold and withered rather than vibrant and stimulating? When did I stop allowing them to cause me to walk in wonder? Why did I stop being awe-inspired when I feel the wind kissing my skin, when I bathe in the glow of the evening sunset or even when I walk barefoot in the flowers stretching towards the sky.
I long to be back to that childlike reverence. I believe if I could catch that amazement once again, the way I sing to the Lord would change. The way I pastor our congregation through song would make an about-face, and it would be for the better.
May I again be awakened to the astonishing glory of God. That He created all things and is also reconciling all things to Himself.
That I would remember what Paul declared to the people of Athens, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being the Lord of heaven and earth... gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’”