Colossians 1:16-18, 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: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 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 2:6-8, As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 3:16-17, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I love reading the Book of Colossians! More than any other of Paul’s epistles, Colossians reminds us to focus on, not only eternal things, but on the eternal One, and His name is Jesus! Inspired by the Holy Spirit, in the Book of Colossians, Paul brings us back to “The True North of the Christian Life,” and His name is Jesus!
The Book of Colossians reminds us that in all things Christ should have preeminence, and not simply prominence. There is a great difference between the two words preeminence and prominence. The word prominence simply means “important.” The word preeminence means “most important,” “first place,” “standing out above all others.” Far too many of us, if we were honest, would have to admit that Jesus has a prominent place in our lives and ministries, but not the preeminent place!
As I was pondering on the passages above and the preeminence of Christ, I began to ponder on the thought of Jesus being “The True North of the Christian Life.” So for fun, I thought I would check for an online definition of the idiom “True North.” Here’s what I found:
“Finding true north is essential for accurate navigation. Hence the metaphor. In life’s journey we are often uncertain where we stand, where we are going and what is the right path for us personally. Knowing our true north would enable us to follow the right path.” – Webster’s Dictionary Online
I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine finding a better definition than the one above. Think about the following statements concerning true north and let’s see if we can’t apply it to our “True North” – the Lord Jesus!
- Finding or focusing upon our True North (the Lord Jesus) is essential for accurate navigation in a messed up world.
- Finding or focusing upon our True North (the Lord Jesus) enables us to stand with certainty even in uncertain times.
- Finding or focusing upon our True North (the Lord Jesus) enables us to know where we are going and what is the right path for us personally.
- Finding or focusing upon our True North (the Lord Jesus) enables us to follow the right path
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is “The True North of the Christian Life.” Christ and Christ alone is our “True North.” May it never be said that anyone or anything eclipses His glory and goodness in our lives. It has been said, “When the moon eclipses the sun, it is a wonder to behold. When anything eclipses Jesus, it is an atrocity to eradicate.”
Our lives and our ministries should be focused on one thing, or should I say one Person, and His name is Jesus. We should not be focused on men, not on methods, and not on movements. We should steady our focus upon the Master – our Lord Jesus!
Hebrews 12:2, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Where’s your focus today? Upon who or what do you trust today? Is it man, methods, or movements? It ought not to be. It ought to be on Christ. As one author put it:
After all, Christianity is the worship of Jesus Christ. It’s the worship of Jesus Christ exclusively, and it’s the worship of Jesus Christ comprehensively. He alone is worthy; He alone is God; He alone is the infinite sacrifice made for the sins of those who would believe. But it’s comprehensive as well, which means that every part of our being should be engaged in the worship and honor of Jesus. If Jesus is who the Bible says He is, if He did what the Bible says He did, He is worthy of absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life.
The Lord Jesus Christ, and He alone, should be the Pre-eminent One in our lives. He should be “The True North” that enables us to navigate this side of eternity! May Christ not simply be a prominent One in our lives, our homes, and our churches, but the Preeminent One in our life.
May we always be fixed upon and focused upon the “True North of the Christian Life” – our Lord Jesus!