Bible Reading: Colossians 1:1-18
The word preeminence is a military term meaning “top in rank.” Jesus is to be top in rank – top in priorities of life – not just in a few areas of life, but as our text says “in all things.”
Years ago a pregnant woman stood in the yard of her Baltimore, Maryland, home and shook her fist at God. In a torrential rainstorm, she shouted vulgarities at God and taunted Him to strike her dead if He did indeed exist. She would later tell her son, Bill, that she didn’t care if he became a drug addict, bank robber, or even brought home a boyfriend instead of a girlfriend, all she wanted was for him never to become a Christian.
Bill Murray did become a Christian at the age of thirty-three, and his mother, Madelyn Murray O’Hare, disowned him. He had done the one thing she had hoped he would never do. His life had been transformed from addictions with pornography and alcohol. He came to know the peace that had eluded him all his life. Bitterness began to loosen its stronghold on his heart, and he started giving rather than taking for the first time in his life.
Bill Murray went on to say, “I found the key to salvation through Jesus Christ, but the key to peace is through Christ being preeminent” (top in rank, top in priority).
I am convinced that today we have a lot of people who have found the key to salvation, but the key to peace is still lost.
What to do:
✞ Put Jesus first, make Him Lord (preeminent) in your life in all things.
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