Colossians 1:21 – 2:5

Father, make me more like Jesus.

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Father, thank You for Jesus!  Thank You that You made a way through Him for me to be brought back into friendship with You.  Your Word says that Your intention through His death was to present me HOLY IN YOUR SIGHT, WITHOUT BLEMISH & FREE FROM ACCUSATION.  And You lay out my responsibilities in this as well:  to continue in my faith, “established & firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.”  Help me to do so, to be steadfast in my faith.

Because Christ is in me, I have assurance of Your presence, “the hope of glory.”  You have given me a task here: to PROCLAIM Jesus, to ADMONISH and TEACH everyone with all wisdom, so that everyone may be presented to You MATURE, COMPLETE, PERFECT in Christ.  This task must be at the heart of every endeavor I participate in here in this life.  It is Your “energy, which so powerfully works in me” to accomplish this–nothing else, nothing less.

You are the Source of all things, Father.  When I choose to stand open to Your will, You fill me up with all of who You are.  It is You who “encourages my heart” and orchestrates my being “united in love” with others in Your Body.  Only when I seek You alone as my source of encouragement can I accept the limitations, weaknesses and differences in my brothers and sisters in Christ.

From You comes “the full riches of complete understanding.”  This depth of comprehension allows me to “know the mystery of You, God, namely, Christ.”  Thanks so much for what You let me know about You and how You help me to truly know You.  Keep me from being deceived into believing false facts about You, no matter how “fine sounding” the arguments or reasoning might be.  Keep my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, firm and steadfast as You continue to make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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.