“[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by 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 might have the preeminence.”Colossians 1:15-18
I recall watching a documentary on creation and evolution and it is interesting to see how people view the beginning of our world. It seemed that the smartest people turned into illogical thinkers, assuming our awe-inspiring world could possibly derive from nothing more than a chemical reaction. I know there are those who think Christians are absurd for believing in creation, but God’s handiwork is undeniable.
I was able to visit my employer’s headquarters office in San Antonio, and I was amazed by the sheer size of the property. In the middle of the lobby, there is a three story wall that displays stars representing each one of the founding members of the company. It is amazing to see how the company has grown over the last 98 years and it is hard to imagine how it started with such a small group of people. I and my fellow employees are frequently reminded of the impact we have as we carry on the tradition of our company, but we would be foolish to believe we have started anything. We simply were hired to carry on the strong tradition of the company, and we inherited the brand that was already in place.
We often are proud of our accomplishments and forget where life began. We forget who made us and we forget where we came from. We allow ourselves to think we are smart or strong or self-sufficient, and we neglect to see that God is the source and sustainer of all that is good. We forget our God who was from the beginning and who created us for this time and for His purpose. There is nothing and no one that consists without God and everything is for His honor and glory. We are bombarded by outlandish claims of how we came to be, but it does not take long to discover that we were master-planned and designed. I enjoy a friendship with a doctor from our church, and she takes the time to teach me the intricacies of the human body. I take a walk outside and see the beauty of the mountains in the distance and the flowers that bloom in the desert around me. I am reminded daily of my Creator, and I am humbled as I remember that I am nothing without Him.
Friend, where are you today? Do you take the time to thank and recognize your Creator? Do you try to carry your own burdens when the God of the universe has offered to take them for you? Do you realize that every good and perfect gift comes from above? Have you puffed yourself up and lost sight of the One who has given you your gifts? Do you desire for Him to have the preeminence in your life? May we never forget who our Creator is, and may we be thankful for His creation.