by Pastor Nick Cleveland
Read Colossians 1:15-28
My wife and I have different tastes in TV channels. Vicki likes HGTV and I watch with her but not with a whole lot of passion (maybe for fear something will get put on the ‘honey-do’ list). I watch sports, regardless of the season. It took me 367 days to delete the Ohio State Buckeyes national championship game win. We have finally found some common ground in TV on The Food Network.
Recently we’ve enjoyed the show featuring many the personalities of the Food Network called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Food Network chefs describe the dishes they love to eat and make you believe it’s the best thing they’ve ever eaten. They TELL you about every detail. It’s made us wonder, “What’s the best thing we ever ate?” Cheesecake from Junior’s in New York City? Tacos from Casa Guadalajara in San Diego? Nick’s Fish & Chips in San Francisco? Giordano’s pizza from Chicago? Fillet mignon from Lanning’s in Akron? Humus from Nazareth Village in Israel? All unbelievable dishes. I could tell you all about each one of them!
That’s how we are. When we experience something awesome, we tell people about it. That’s how it is with Jesus too. He’s better than the best thing you’ve ever eaten. Jesus is better than anyone or anything anytime or anywhere. And the Apostle Paul said so in Colossians.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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.” – Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
In verse 18 he says Jesus should have the supremacy which literally means to hold first place. Jesus is the best ever and a personal relationship and friendship with Him is the best thing ever. When you’ve discovered the forgiveness, grace, freedom, hope, and life change available in and through Him you are forever changed. It grips you so much that you must TELL others. Look at what Paul says in verse 28, “He is the one we proclaim” – Colossians 1:28 (NIV)
To proclaim means to announce, make known, or preach. We talk about Jesus because He is the best! If you cannot break into an immediate description about what makes Jesus the best in your life perhaps you don’t know Him personally or you’ve been settling for a lesser dish on the menu than all He offers. Jesus has changed my life and I can’t help but tell others about it.
Challenge: Know the best, and tell the rest.
Do you know the best? If so are you ready to tell the rest? Ask God for opportunities and words today to share with others about Jesus and how he’s changed your life.