15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Colossians 1:15-20 NASB
The Beginning of All Things
I've been considering this morning how I want all things in my life, work, family, friends, hobbies, ministry, etc. to start at Christ. I want make the concerted effort to lay all things at His feet in understanding that He is Lord of all; that all things begin in Him. Even my troubles in life, no matter how great or how small, should be given to the One who began all things.
Likewise, I also want to acknowledge that all things are being made at peace in Him. All things are returning to Him because He is the first and the last. He alone is worthy to receive back all creation and He alone is the heir of all things created (Hebrews 1).
The Beginning and End of Me
Therefore, I will gladly place all of me in His hands. For He is my beginning as He established me in my mother's womb and knew every day of my life before it ever was (Psalm 139:13-16). And He is my end, as my life is held in His grasp and once this world is over, I too will be reconciled like all of creation back to Him who placed every created thing into motion.
The Sustainer of the Middle
But Christ does not just start and then finally complete, so that we can carry the burden of everything in the middle. No! He is my life and breath and the beating in my chest and by His Grace I am able to place one foot in front of the other, day in and day out. So I will gladly lay at His feet, not only the beginning and the end, but also everything in the middle.
For He is my peace...