1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him.
1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
1:21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
1:22 he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him–
1:23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
1:24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
1:25 I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
1:26 the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.
1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1:28 It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
This passage puts God’s Glory in full display. It accounts for Him as being the creator of all things and the purpose of why these things were created. God created all things to ultimately reflect who He is. He longs to be first in our lives and longs for us to display Christ and further the message of the Gospel.
This world is not meant for us to indulge in our own pleasures. It is not mean to be lived with an attitude of wanting more in this life other than Christ. Jesus is to be our number one desire and He is to be seen at the heart and center of all that we do. Our daily attitude, speech, conduct, and mindset or all to reflect the characteristics of Christ.
The main goal for God creating us is so that we can turn and enjoy all who He is and what He can do. He wants to have an intimate and personal relationship with you. He is not a creator that has distanced Himself from what He’s created. We are His handiwork. He created us with the utmost love and care and our response should be to praise Him and live our lives as a means that reflects Him.
You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
Lyrics by: Chris Tomlin