You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder. - James 2:19
You believe Jesus. You say that you love him. Good. But is he more than a name to you? Is he more than an idea, a concept, a thought to worship? Do you even know who King Jesus is? Have you met him? Do you know him?
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Not just a nice guy, a buddy to lean on but the image of God; first over all of creation. Numero uno. Do you understand why all praise is due him?
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
That includes you and me. How terrible to reduce the King of kings, the instrument of creation, the ruler of all heaven and earth, to a concept, thought, idea, dream. He is our everything!
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
When the King calls, we answer. When he tells us to go, we go. When he gives us a task, we complete it. When he tells us that his servants live a specific way, we live it. When the King gives us authority, we have authority. He is before all things in our life. He is the one who holds it all together. Everything must obey the authority of Jesus.
And he is the head of the body, the church.
Not the pastor or the elders. Not Mr. Smith who out gives everyone else in the church, or Bob who has lived through 20 different pastors. We would do well to remember there is only one head of the body and from him we take direction.
He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy.
Not in some things in your life but supremacy in everything. Superimpose that fact over your life right now and see if there are any gaping holes where you have tried to keep the King out. Supremacy in everything.
Is this the Jesus you believe in? Is this the Jesus you say you follow? Is this the Jesus you claim to have Lordship over your life? Is this the Jesus you bow your knee to? Is this the King you follow into battle every day?
Then our lives need to start reflecting this fact. Something is wrong because the Church is not shining in this world as it should and the only way that can happen is if we are following a different Jesus; one that better suits our choices, lifestyle and desires; one of our own making. But there is only one Jesus and he is before all things in our lives and he has supremacy in everything and he has given us one set of instructions. They are not instructions that have changed with time but are eternal. They were not given in context of culture but exist higher than any culture that has ever existed, including our own. The are the commands given by the King.
Do you understand why the demons shudder? Do we shudder? Do we fear to disobey the King? There should be a fear to disappoint the one we love. We hate disappointing our parents, friends, spouse, co-workers, boss. Why should we not also fear to disappoint the one who we claim to love more than any other person and thing in our life? Is he King? Is he Lord? Is he supreme in our living? Do we live to please him?
We can't be part time followers. We can't be part time servants. The King has called us into full time service. We are on duty 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our lives must reflect the glory of our risen Saviour, our glorious King, radiant in holy splendour, majestic over all creation, and our lives. In him we have life. In him we have found our purpose. In him we have freedom over all that would have us enslaved in darkness. In him we have hope. In him we have discovered love. In him we have the right to be called the children of God, citizens of his Kingdom. In him we have everything. So to him we bow our knee and honour him with the living of our surrendered lives, submitted to the rule of our King.
Do you believe the King? Do you follow him? Will you live to honour him?
(* scripture verses taken from Colossians 1)