Colossians 1:17 – He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (NIV)
As a boy, I used to love making model aircraft. Most of my allowance was spent on buying small kits of plastic jets or World War II aircraft. Sometimes, I even purchased model vintage cars, but those were usually very difficult to put together.
Gluing was always a problem, too, because I got glue all over my fingers and sometimes messed up the plastic parts by using too much adhesive. Too little glue meant that the kit would not stick together, and gaps were seen all over the model. If I used too much glue, then the aircraft or car became sticky, and my fingerprints were all over it. However, most of the time, I persevered and felt proud of what I had accomplished when the model was finished.
Years later, I became fascinated with World War I biplanes, and, as an adult, made many models of vintage aircraft. I still have them in a box somewhere in the attic. If I'm ever blessed with grandchildren one day, I'll probably bring them down to show and play with them.
I like what Paul has to say about Christ in this first chapter of Colossians. Jesus is the "glue", the One in Whom all things in creation hold together. I like the idea that Christ brings order to chaos and that through Him, all of creation is sustained. It makes me feel that although life can be unsettling and confusing at times, Jesus is still here, maintaining God's goodness in the world and throughout the entire universe. That's the Jesus whom I love; that's the Christ whom I cheerfully serve: the Lord of all creation Who keeps it all together.
Questions for personal reflection:
Are there current events in my life where I feel that I have no control? Am I willing to allow Jesus to keep things together for me?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, every day is a wonderful gift, and every moment of our lives is spent under Your watchful care. Remind us that no matter what happens or what we experience today, You are still in control of our ultimate destiny, and that through You, all things hold together. In Your holy name, we humbly pray. Amen.
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