DEVOTION: Colossians 1:13-20 (ESV)
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[a] 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. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Count how many times Paul uses the words "He is" "by Him", "through Him" or "in Him'. I counted eight.
In a world that's all about me, I, and the individual, isn't it good to hear Paul focus on someone other than himself? If you were to read through all thirteen of Paul's Epistles, you would see that he never talks about his own rights, or his own goodness. He never brags about himself or complains about how things are going wrong. In fact, he tells us over and over again to rejoice and have joy in our suffering.
Throughout all thirteen of Paul's Epistles the focus is on CHRIST. It needs to be that way for us also! When we get focused on ourselves we either get disappointed, distressed, and full of guilt, or we get full of ourselves, self righteous, and self centered.
This passage is a clear reminder that Christ is all in all, that He is the one from all blessings flow, that He is the one who was perfect for us, that He is the one who loved us so much that he literally suffered death and hell for us. Spend your energy and your time thinking about that today and you will have a sense of relief and a peace that passes all understanding. Let the Holy Spirit work through you and in you to bring about what He wants in you.
Prayer: Lord, straighten me out and get my priorities in the right order. Amen.
Wed- Pillowcase dress sewing 10; Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Voters meeting 9:45; Chapel 11
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Loren Howard 11- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Scott Heitgerd, Alex Heitgerd, Tom Linke, Bob Linke
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up: Sandy Robine
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Don Turnure ; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Terry and Lynn Russell; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Steve Robine
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricones; Sun- Yoder