Colossians 1:15-20 (NRSV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Record producer Sam Phillips is famous for the following quote which can be found in Ted Harrison’s book Elvis People: The Cult of the King:
The two most important events in American history were the birth of Jesus and the birth of Elvis Presley.
Elvis Aaron Presley is to this day still known as Rock and Roll’s first and probably only king.
It is said that Elvis was reading a book on the Shroud of Turin when he died. The book was titled A Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus. The story may be true and it may be urban legend. I’ve looked and I cannot find a definitive answer. As I consider Elvis’s ongoing popularity and sometimes equal status with Jesus, I’m left wondering, who is in charge of people’s lives? Who do we look to for guidance? Who shepherds us in the everyday decisions of life? For some people it is Elvis. For others it may be an athlete, popular guru, or self-help expert. I wonder who or what was in charge of Elvis’s life? I wonder if he was looking for answers as he read A Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus.
In the Colossians text, Paul asserts that Christ is “First place in everything.” I guess that begs the question, is Christ first in your life? Is Christ a part of everything that you say and do? Is Christ the main thing? Can people tell by the things that you say and do that Christ is the most important thing? Can people see Christ in you?
Anthony De Melo says it well in his book Song of the Bird, a collection of stories from around the world:
“So you have been converted to Christ?”
“Then you must know a great deal about Him? Tell me: What country was He born in?”
“I don’t know.”
“What was his age when He died?”
“I don’t know.”
“How many sermons did He preach?”
“I don’t know.”
“You certainly know very little for a man who claims to be converted to Christ!”
“You are right. I am ashamed at how little I know about Him. But this much I do know: Three years ago I was a drunkard. I was in debt. My family was falling to pieces. My wife and children would dread my return home each evening. But now I have given up drink; we are out of debt; ours is now a happy home. All this Christ has done for me. This much I know of Him!”
To really know Christ as King of your life is to be transformed by Christ. So, who is in charge of your life? Think about it.