God Does All Things Well
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church … [He reconciles] to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:17-20
With the gifts and abilities that God has given us, we all do some things well. However, there are many things we may not do well.
As we celebrate Lutheran education, we listen to God’s Word from Colossians Chapter 1, and we celebrate Christ who is in all things and who, as the perfect Son of God and as our Savior, does all things well.
The fact that we don’t do all things well is a reminder of our sinful nature. More critical than any skills or assignments that aren’t done well is the fact that we don’t obey God’s Law well. We don’t love God or others well.
Our text takes us to Christ who created all things well only to have His creation rebel against Him. In His grace, He saves well, “reconciling to himself all things.” Jesus fulfilled the Father’s plan perfectly. As the sacrifice was completed, Jesus said, “It is finished!”
The blessings of all that Jesus has done are brought to His children in the church (Col. 1:18). Our worship participation is imperfect, our attention is distracted, and we don’t sing the right notes, but God continues to offer the Means of Grace well. The blessings and promises of Baptism are always present; God’s Word is always true; on the Lord’s Table is always a complete menu of Christ’s body and blood.
In praise and thanks to God, we strive to do all things well. We honor and respect our parents, teachers and others whom God has placed over us, we complete our assignments at home and at school with joy and with our best efforts, we pray trustingly, and we worship faithfully. Seeking to do all things well, we then rely on the grace of God to forgive our weaknesses and failures. We rededicate our efforts individually and as a school to do things well so that God would be glorified and His people served.
When our earthly “assignments” are completed and we are blessed in His grace to gather at His throne, we will hear the voice of the One who did all things well, saying to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
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Jesus, we confess that we do not do all things well. Forgive our many weaknesses and failures. We give thanks that the plan of salvation was completed perfectly for us. We give thanks that through our Baptism You welcome us as Your forgiven children who are now privileged to do things well to praise You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.