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That He might have the Preeminence

James Grayston

How often do we just read a passage of scripture and it remains words on a page: rushing to get through our 3 chapters just so we can get through our bible in a year without actually listening to the message inside? How often do we sit in a meeting just as a routine? When we pray how often is it just a list of names and different meetings we pray for with no real vigour or thought? How often do we sit in meetings and think I hope so and so is listening without paying much attention ourselves ?

That in all things he might have the preeminence Colossians Ch. 1 v 18.

In the past few weeks I have felt extremely challenged by that verse. Whatever passage we have been going through I feel that's the message that's been pointed out to me. How often do I give the Lord my God the pre-eminence? Hardly ever. So often all I have to offer is the drabs of my day: go to bed read a small part of the bible quickly and rattle through a few names in prayer and off to sleep.

We are called to give God first place in our lives. I can honestly say that when God has come first in my life and I have been going on for him it has been amazing.

We are into November now and nearly at the end of another year. As I look back on the year the most encouraging thing I've seen was at camp after a young boy was saved. His friends asked straight after he was saved to have a prayer meeting for him. They brought praise to the Lord and were praying earnestly that this wee boy would go on for God. They came to him first and gave him the pre-eminence. What a powerful moment - one I've thought about a lot.

Thinking of our relationship with Christ: if it was like any earthly relationship would we still be in one if we treated someone the way we treat our relationship with God? If we spent no time with them and never spoke to them or listened would it not fall apart?

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The reason we should give God the pre-eminence - the superiority, the first place - is because he gives us everything first. The only reason our godly relationship doesn't crumble is because we are loved with a godly love; a love we can never be separated from. We owe, at least, our everything to the God who gave everything to us.