Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. -Colossians 1:16
If there was just one verse in the Bible that just boils down who Christ is and what he means to this world, this may just be it. “Everything has been created through him and for him.” What a great promise. Everything we have and everything we do is done for the glory of Christ.
As often happens however, I had full intention to read much more of Colossians, but I didn’t get much past that verse as God was leading me to diver deeper. So as I sit back with my coffee and begin to look deeper into this verse, I can’t help but think that God is telling me something this morning.
As people, we tend to put our lives into little spheres. We like to separate our home life from our work life. Our time with our family is separated from our time out with friends. Our time with God and church are often relegated to Sundays or holidays, but only if other obligations or sphere’s of life get in the way.
I think what God is telling us here, on a deeper level, is that there should be no separation of our lives. We should, as Christians, resist any attempt or impulse to divide our life into separate spheres, which would also divide our loyalty to Christ. What we value in the privacy of our homes is often at odds with what we value in our public lives. Our dreams of economic benefits and political influence often determines our behavior outside of home and church. Should our values of survival and self-interest be more prevalent at work than the biblical values of self-sacrifice and fidelity?
Paul’s point here is that such separations between the visible and the invisible, the public and the private are false. Christ’s is supreme in all things and shows that his death on the cross establishes God’s grace in every corner of God’s creation, not just those in the “church.”