What are your priorities? What screams out to you demanding attention? Some people are rabid sports fans and must watch every game possible. Some are all about computer games, others spend hours on social media. Still others are consumed with their clubs or hobbies. I can imagine that there are as many various priorities as there are people who have them.
As we stand at the beginning of a new year, we as God’s people need to be captivated with the preeminence of Christ and make Him the priority of our life. Paul reveals the exalted position of Christ in Col. 1:15-18: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence”.
Since our Lord is presented as first over all creation in heaven and in earth He ought to be first in our life. Paul gave his personal testimony in Phil. 1:21 when he said: “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. If Jesus really is our priority we will make sure we spend time with Him each day in prayer and in reading His Word. If Christ is our priority we will do our best to follow His teachings and live the life He patterned for us. Making the Lord our priority also can be seen in our worship of Him, our giving to Him, and our fellowship with His people. If He is first we will serve Him faithfully and seek His will passionately.
It is easy to say that Christ is our priority but it must show in our lives. He has the preeminence over all that is in the universe, may He have the preeminence in our lives.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation