Holding life together - by Jeffrey Fick, Schools & General Executive
There are many days when it feels as if we are unable to hold our life together. Instead we feel that life is falling apart. Paul shares in Colossians how Jesus holds our life together in the midst of those feelings.
Col. 1:15-20 says to us:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven making peace by the blood of his cross.
Jesus is the source of holding life together.
Is your life holding together, or is it unraveling at the seams? One sign of unraveling is when worry hits us. Along with worry, life seems to unravel with stress, pain and suffering. The list could continue. These can all challenge the togetherness we feel in life. Jesus is there when our life seems to be falling apart. He is the source of life.
In Jesus we see God’s compassion, God’s power and God’s love. In Jesus, we get a sense of God’s personality.
Colossians tells us how everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. As we look around, we see the presence of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus is telling us that this is the way we should live. God wants us to know that in Jesus we see the fullness of God. Paul shares what Jesus came to do. We have been bought by His blood and set free. Our sins are forgiven through Him. Everything in heaven and on earth can come to God because of Christ’s death on the cross. Christ’s blood has made peace.
It is important to stay in contact with Jesus, the source of wisdom and understanding, through prayer. Prayer keeps us intact with Jesus and clarifies our focus. We know that God always answers prayer.
In the midst of holding your life together, give thanks. Have Jesus adjust your attitude to gratitude, and He will change your life. There is power in giving thanks to God. Giving thanks even when life is falling apart provides a needed attitude adjustment toward gratitude.
God rescued us by sacrificing His Son on the cross. The one who holds life together gave His life that we might live. Build your life on what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, I remind you to reaffirm your connection with Christ. Set aside time to pray, and give God permission to interrupt your day with His response. Give thanks in worship and in your own expression to God. We have Jesus, who holds life together even when it feels like it’s falling apart.