Blessings of Being Held Together by Jesus

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

He existed before anything was created

and is supreme over all creation,

for through him God created everything

in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see

and the things we can’t see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities

in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him.

He existed before anything else,

and he holds all creation tougher.

Colossians 1:15-17

Blessings of Recognizing and Seeking True Value

Yes, everything else is worthless 

when compared
with the infinite value 

of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For his sake I have discarded everything else,

counting it all as garbage,

so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.

I no longer count on my own righteousness

through obeying the law; 

rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.

For God’s way of making us right with himself

depends on faith. 

Philippians 3:8-9