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Family Devotion Week of October 24, 2016

Col. 1:15    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. 18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
Monday

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Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.

Today, some wonder whether the Jesus who walked the dusty rural roads of Palestine thousands of years ago has any relevance for a modern world filled with technological advancement, computers, virtual reality nuclear power, and space stations. Maybe you have asked this question yourself: what impact does Jesus have today? The letter to the Colossians powerfully demonstrates that only Christ can unveil the mystery of God’s purpose in our world. It also affirms that Christ is the “cohesive force penetrating and supporting all creation.” Know today that, before you were, Jesus was. Further, all things in our universe and in our world is held together by the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. If Christ is holding you, you don’t have to pretend to have or hold everything together.

"Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,

for I am your God, and will still give you aid;

I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,

upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 

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Tuesday

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Col. 1:15         He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

In the time of Paul, a Roman soldier would send a picture home (drawn by hand, not a selfie) often with a note, “I sent you a little portrait (eikon) of myself painted by Euctumon.” God’s Word reminds us that Jesus is the portrait of God to the world. But Jesus is not merely a photo of the invisible God. In Greek thought, an image was not considered something distinct from the object it represented. As the image of God, Christ is the exact, visible, representation of God, illuminating God’s essence. This not only tells us something about Jesus, it shows us something about our lives. Jesus as the visible image of God reveals what we must look like. Do you want to see God? Look to Jesus. Do you want to grow close to God? Look to Jesus. Are you looking more like Christ today? 

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Wednesday

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Colossians 1:16         For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Scientists estimate that there are around 400 billion stars sharing our galaxy, and more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe. And yet, the Bible reminds us that Jesus created not only all of these innumerable stars, but also everything you cannot see: time, gravity, and the spiritual realms. So what is the point of all creation? Here in Colossians we find our answer. The purpose and goal of all creation is Jesus Christ, as all things are created through Him and for Him. He is the goal. Everything began with Him and everything will end with Him. Since this is true, we must live completely for Jesus Christ. Any other course is completely irrational for the believer. 

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Thursday

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Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.

Some years ago, a South American company bought a printing press from an American firm. Not able to get the machine to work on their own, they asked for a technician. The American company, seeing the urgency, immediately sent the designer of the machine. The South American conglomerate sent a cable telegram saying the man you sent is too young and wet behind the ears. The reply: He made the machine. He can fix it!”

Is there anything in your life that is broken and in need of fixing? Seek Jesus. He created you, holds you together, and knows how to repair and redeem broken instruments. 

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Friday

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Colossians 1:18           He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

“The Church of God apart from the Person of Christ is a useless structure. However ornate it may be in its organization, however perfect in all its arrangements, however rich and increased with goods, if the Church is not revealing the Person, lifting Him to the height where all men can see Him, then the Church becomes an impertinence and a sham, a blasphemy and a fraud, and the sooner the world is rid of it, the better.” – G. Campbell Morgan

We can live without almost any part of our body except our head. As Christ followers, may we have our head on straight. May our day begin with Christ and may He have priority in our lives. 

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