Colossians 1:15-20

Father, make me more like Jesus.

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JESUS, YOU ARE . . .

THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD   (v 15 NIV)

When I look at You, I am seeing the Father.

FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION   (v 15 NIV)

Before ANYthing else was, YOU were!

CREATOR — “BY YOU ALL THINGS WERE CREATED”   (v 16 NIV)

You and the Father together got to speak everything into existence.  Wouldn’t that have been fun?!  “Sun,” and boom! there it was.  “Seas, rivers, lakes, creeks,” and there they were!  (Now, did You say it like “kreek” or “krick” ?  🙂  Did You just say, “Plants & vegetation” and all the species and potential varieties and hybrids spilled out of Your mouth?  What about . . .?   🙂

You are wonderfully awesome, Father.  And to think–it is this Creator of all things who has such a deep and wide and strong love for ME!!  Thank You, Jesus!

JESUS … LOOK WHAT I CAN KNOW ABOUT YOU …

ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY YOU & FOR YOU   (V 16 NIV)

Your fingerprints are on EVERYthing, Lord!  And everything has at its core purpose:  to bring glory to YOU.  You find glory in Your creation.

YOU ARE BEFORE ALL THINGS   (v 17 NIV)

So that would mean that all things had to have their origin in You.  You aren’t a created being–You are the Creator.

IN YOU ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER   (v 17 NIV)

Right down to the microscopic atoms, which contain positive and negative forces that should repel each other–but they don’t, You are the ultimate force that keeps things together.  You hold lives together that seem to be explosives-ready-to-blow.  You hold circumstances, people, businesses, homes, …when sin is not given the reins.  You step in to maintain, grow and make flourish these things.

YOU ARE THE HEAD OF THE BODY THE CHURCH (v 18 NIV)

You are the director, guide, manager, leader of all who belong to You.  It’s You who signal the parts of Your body to move them toward Your will.  The wild thing about Your body is that each part has its own free will.  Unlike a human body, Your body parts can choose not to do what You signal or they can choose to work together and follow Your will.

YOU ARE THE BEGINNING & THE FIRSTBORN FROM AMONG THE DEAD  (v 18 NIV)

Because of Your resurrection, You have supplied hope and assurance of new life in eternity for those who follow You.  One day, I’ll have a new “address,” no longer this body called by my name; instead, I’ll have a new place right there in the presence of all Your glory.

SO THAT IN EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT HAVE THE SUPREMACY  (v 18 NIV)

Far above all things, You are the King.  Nothing is beyond You; nothing is out of Your realm of influence or ownership.  You are the Maker, Sustainer, and Lord of all things.  May You have the supremacy in my life.  May I set aside my will and allow YOU to sit on the throne of my life, allowing You to form the heart of Jesus in me, until I am just like Him.  Amen.

Next Set of Devo-Prayers: Colossians

Through these Devo-Prayers, we stepped through the Gospels–the books of the Bible that tell the account of Jesus’ life on earth (Matthew, John, Mark, and Luke). We journeyed through Luke’s other work, the book of Acts, which gives a historical account of the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Then, we began diving into the letters that Paul wrote to the saints, or believers/Christians, in various cities or regions.  We finished his letter to believers in Rome–the letter to the Romans and then his letters to the believers in Corinth or 1st and 2nd Corinthians as well as the letter he wrote to the believers in Ephesus, or the book of Ephesians.  Next, we’ll stroll through Paul’s letter to the believers in Colosse, or the book of Colossians.

(Actually, the next book of the Bible in order as typically found would be Philippians. However, the text for the devo-prayers for that letter have not been found. If they are discovered, they’ll be added to the blog at a later time.)

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