Leonardo da Vinci had just completed his masterpiece, The Last Supper. Pleased with his work, he invited another artist to come to his studio and view his painting.
Gazing with great admiration, the guest artist was overwhelmed and speechless. Finally, he exclaimed to da Vinci, “You have painted the chalice with exquisite beauty. It is the most beautiful thing in the whole picture.”
When he heard the comments of the other artist, he immediately took his brush and painted over the chalice. He said to his guest: “I do not want anything to take away from my Lord. I painted the picture for Him, not for the chalice.”
Christ is present in the life of every Christian. But, His presence is no assurance of His prominence. Writing to the church at Colossae, Paul said, “Christ...must be first in everything.”
Because of His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, God exalted Christ and elevated Him to His rightful place in creation. And, if God honored Him as being supreme over all things, how ought we to honor Him in, and through, and with, and by, the way we live?
Simply accepting Him as our Savior is not enough. We must exalt Him and elevate Him as our Lord, and make Him visible in every aspect of our lives.
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for what You have done for us and what You can do through us. May we make You the centerpiece of our lives and always put You first. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. Colossians 1:18
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