The Written Word

In All Things He Might Have The Preeminence

“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (and exist)… “that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:17-18). It seems that some Christians seek the preeminence (first place) because of their different talents, gifts, and abilities. Some who serve expect the praise and applause of man. As Christians, our goal should be to please and glorify Him as we sing, preach, teach, and serve. We are only tools and instruments used for His glory. As someone said, “Lord, Let me be a glove that the hand of God can fit into.” You should give praise to the carpenter, not the hammer. You should give praise to the artist, not the brush. You should give praise to the vine, not the branch. You should give praise to the musician, not the instrument. You should give praise to the author, not the book. You should give praise to the Creator, not the creation. You should give praise to God, not to His messengers. You should give praise to the Saviour, not the singers. You should give praise to the Lord, not to the preacher. As you leave church you should be able to say, “What a Saviour!” As you serve, you should seek to avoid credits and compliments. If someone compliments you, simply say “thank you.” Then you should give a personal “thank you” to the Lord. If you have breath, you should praise the Lord. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 150:6). In a very personal way, I recently learned that by Him all things consist and exist. He is worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. “…that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

To God be the glory – That in “all things” He might have the preeminence (first place). “All things” include your preaching, singing, teaching, interpreting, ministry, and your life. For the Deaf and the Hearing there should be a time in your Christian life when you present yourself for service to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). He died for you. You need to live for Him. Give Him the preeminence in your life. Let Him control your life and ministry. Let Him be your Lord and Master. You choose to be a servant to love, honor and obey your Master. You choose to please and glorify Him. You must choose to be a servant, as the Lord will not force you against your will. There should be a time when you surrender, yield, submit to serve Him as Lord and Master. “What you yield to God, He accepts. What He accepts, He cleanses. What He cleanses, He fills. What He fills, He uses. The process begins with you, and it ends with God” – Unknown.

Choose to be a Servant – Will you surrender your life to serve Him as Lord and Master? The following is my life-time commitment. Serving the Lord is not a simple decision, but it must be a life-time commitment of service to continue no matter what happens. Are you willing to let Him have the preeminence in your life? Here is an illustration of being a servant. Years ago when they auctioned slaves, one slave in chains stood tall and strong. The bidding started. One man continued to bid higher than the others. The slave looked at him and said, “I will not work. I will not be your slave.” Finally, the man made the final bid for the slave. He put the slave into his wagon as the bitter slave said again, “I will not serve you.” They arrived at the plantation. The slave stood in chains and again bitterly said, “I will not work for you, never!” The man removed the chains from the slave and said, “I did not buy you to make you my slave, but to set you free. You are now free to do as you please.” The slave looked at him with tears flowing down his face and said, “What will you have me do for you, Master?” The Lord has set us free from sin and Hell. We need to say to our Lord, “What will you have me to do, Master?” In all things that He might have the preeminence and glory.

Pray this prayer as I have done. “Lord, I surrender my life to You. I give You the right to control my life. You are my Master. I am your servant. As a servant I don’t require praise, pity, or pats on the back. I don’t require anyone to push, pull or motivate me. My goal is to glorify, honor, and please You. Lord help me build Your Ministry. Help me never lose my desire and burden for the Deaf. I now promise You I will not STOP, QUIT, or GIVE UP. I promise to finish Your work until I die or the rapture comes. I now give You the preeminence in my life.”

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