Jesus Must Be First
“He is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:17-18)
“I get to go first!” Emily yelled. She dashed through the hallway toward the garage to get the new sled she and her brothers had gotten for Christmas. Evan and Ethan were running close on her heels. “No – me first!” Evan yelled. Ethan, who was only three, just kept calling out, “Me! Me! Me!” as he followed the others.
Emily grabbed the sled and pulled it out into the snow-covered backyard. Stumbling through the snow in her thick boots, she arrived at the top of the hill before her brothers. “I’m first!” she cried.
“No fair,” said Evan, puffing from trying to keep up with her. “You always get to do everything first.”
“Me! Me! Me!” Ethan yelled, just before falling face-first into a snowdrift.
Emily and Evan burst into laughter and went to help him up. “I have an idea,” said Emily. “The sled’ll hold all three of us. Let’s all go first.”
Evan’s complaint against his sister was true – it really isn’t fair when the same person gets to be first all the time. Emily was not any better than her brothers. She really didn’t deserve to be always first.
But there is one Person who must always be first. He fully deserves to be first because of Who He is. Colossians 1 explains that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. He Himself is the Creator. He is the One who sustains all things. He holds the entire universe together. He is first – above every king, president, ruler, and authority in the world that we can see. He is also first in the world that we cannot see – the realm of the angels and demons. He is the Head, the highest authority, in the Church. All of God’s fullness dwells in Him; He is entirely God. He has made peace through the blood that He shed on the cross. Because of all these things, He deserves to be first. Always.
Is there anything or anyone (maybe even yourself?) that you are thinking of as “first” in place of Jesus Christ? Nothing can ever take away His position of preeminence (being first and most important). We must acknowledge His position of highest authority in every area of our lives.
Jesus Christ must always be first because of Who He is.
» Am I wrongly thinking of anything or anyone as “first” other than Jesus?
» Do I seek to give Jesus the highest place of honor in my decisions, thoughts, and actions?
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