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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”—Colossians 1:18 (NKJV)
Rumor has it I was a bossy child. Stories still circulate through my family about my childhood control issues, and everyone has their favorite story to share. My mom’s go-to memory is of me on the playground at school. Apparently, every day when she came to pick me up, I was surrounded by a sea of classmates, but instead of playing a fun game like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” I was simply ordering them around . . . and they were listening! For some unknown reason, my preschool peers had given me complete control over our recess time. I was Queen of the Schoolyard. I had power. I had position. I had preeminence on the playground.
My power, of course, extended no further than the chain-linked fence that surrounded my school building. It was contained and limited. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves treating God in much the same way, giving Him authority over one small, fenced-in area of our lives and relinquishing nothing more to Him. But Jesus is anything but a bossy child. He is Creator of all, Sustainer of all, Head of all, and worthy of His position over all. Period. He is the Preeminent One, and if we call Him Lord, He must be preeminent in the everyday rhythms of our day-to-day routine. Giving Him rank and rule over only that which is comfortable and easy is to live out our faith in partial surrender.
Our hearts are desperately wicked, and without constant examination, we are bound to set up our own kingdom within its walls. Without this daily evaluation, we begin to vie with God for control over these tiny corners within us, feeling that we deserve a little power for ourselves. However, we don’t deserve any control, and we are wise to start each day declaring this truth!
I will never know what compelled my classmates to follow me in the way that they did, but I can assure you it was an honor I was wholly unworthy of and one I probably abused. (Don’t judge me, I was a kid!) Jesus, on the other hand, is most definitely worthy of our allegiance; following Him is not only wise, but a privilege. There is no area in our lives that should remain untouched by His preeminence. His influence should infiltrate the mundane and the miraculous in our lives. His authority should rule over our every moment.
DIG: Read Colossians 1:16-18. What are some reasons given for Christ’s preeminence?
DISCOVER: Is Christ preeminent in your life? Are there areas you have kept control of and are in need of surrendering?
DISPLAY: Pray that you would see Christ as Lord over all of your day—the big and the small moments alike.