15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
“[Jesus] is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
As a Christian, loving Jesus heart, soul, mind and strength is your highest priority. In every dimension of your life, he is to have supremacy. That means he is to be the Lord and Master over your life. You are not your own, you were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20). You now live for Jesus.
This command to give Jesus supreme authority in one’s life sounds incredibly threatening at first. However, one soon discovers subjugation to Jesus’ kingship is neither confining nor oppressive. Our lives cohere and gain clarity of purpose only when obedience to Jesus’ graceful, loving authority become one’s highest value, desire, and pursuit.
“All things were created by him and for him…and in him all things hold together. ”
When supremacy is given to ourselves and our empires, confinement and oppression inevitably set in, because we are living against the grain of reality as contructed by Jesus himself. However, when Christ and his kingdom are given supremacy in our lives, we experience a counter-intuitive liberation; a propulsion into a rich and empowered life with God that is experienced as exciting, enlivening, and spacious.