PBC Culture: Everything Matters
“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:15-17 ESV
In Him all things hold together.
This is a profound truth regarding our savior Jesus and how He is intimately involved in everything that we experience in our lives. Often we take comfort in this verse during difficult times, or in times we feel particularly close to Jesus, but sometimes we miss the significance of this truth in the seemingly ordinary or mundane.
I find myself often forgetting this truth as I do things that seem to be meaningless, or boring at best. On days that I find myself trudging through my work, or paying the bills, I think to myself, “What is the point of this? This is such a waste of time keeping me from the important stuff!” But the gospel impacts every aspect of our life, so how do we redeem the boring, tedious, or frustrating events of our life?
We have to remember that if Jesus holds all things together and is sovereign to accomplish His will in all things, then everything matters. Every time I call a prospect at work only to be hung up on, Jesus is accomplishing His will, not only in the universe generally, but in my life specifically. The things that I think are keeping me from doing the ministry I’m called to are all moving me towards a life that is more fulfilling for me and glorifying to God.
Unfortunately this attitude can often be most evident within the church, where certain offices or elements of ministry are elevated as “more important” than others, but that simply is not the case.
Paul compares the church to the body of Christ writing, “15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:15-20
Each part of the body is vital for health and survival. Whether it is proclaiming the gospel through preaching, praying with each other, plugging in cables, setting up children’s areas, or simply taking out the trash, it all matters, because it all contributes to the furthering of the gospel. Everything we do matters, even the mundane, because it is Jesus who holds all things together.
It is this attitude that the apostle Paul has when he writes to Timothy, “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:10
So in those moments at church, or in your daily life, when you are wondering if what you’re doing really matters, remember that Jesus makes all things significant, and therefore makes all things worthy of enduring, so that we become more like Him, and make Jesus known to a world desperately in need of Him.