By Him, For Him

I love how Jesus is described in Colossians 1. To me, it is more than just a simple description, it also sheds light on the meaning of life. In Colossians 1 verses 15 and 16, referring to Jesus, it says:

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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."

In my mind, the answer to the meaning of life is that all things were created by him and for him. That means that we were also created by him and for him. If you have never given much thought to that concept, I encourage you to do it today. We weren’t just created by some random collision of particles in space, we were created by Jesus and for Jesus. Paul also goes on to remind us that yes, he created things that we can see, but also created things that we can’t. So, I also encourage you to be aware of the heavenly realms – the things we can’t see. I believe that there is major activity going on all around us every day that we can’t see – like angels taking flight to intervene on our behalf or to carry out answers to prayer. Anyway, it’s worth thinking about.


Jesus made all things for himself; things that we understand and things that can’t even see. But you and I are one of his creations and we were made for him. We were made to love him, to have relationship with him, to praise and glorify him, and ultimately to spend eternity with him. We were made in his image, and we are in fact, sons and daughters of the Most High. So I encourage you not to take the fact that we were made by Jesus and for Jesus lightly. This knowledge should help define who you are; God’s loving creation and joint heirs with Jesus himself.