25th September 2023

‘In Him All Things Hold Together’ (Colossians 1:17).

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he tells us that in Christ Jesus all things hold together. There is an illustration from the world of science, which has to do with a protein molecule called laminin. The protein molecule is a cell adhesion molecule in your body. Laminin is like the glue of the human body – it is what holds our body together. But what is interesting about this protein molecule is its shape. If you do an online search, you get images and drawings of this cell adhesion molecule. They all have the shape of the cross.

I like to think of this as a powerful reminder to us that Christ Jesus is what holds all things together. He is what holds us to what truly matters. Worries and distractions pull us apart, but Jesus holds us together. His cross. His love. His grace. His mercy. Those are the things that hold us together, that keep us close to him.

For Jesus to do that, we need to give him our time and attention. When the distractions of life threaten to pull us apart, we need to re-attach ourselves to Jesus, by spending time with him in regular prayer, Bible study and worship. We need to re-attach ourselves to Jesus to be re-attached to what truly matters in life. There is a time to go and do, and a time to listen and reflect. Knowing which, is a matter of spiritual discernment and it is the attitude in which we do both that is of most importance.

Sam King