“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Col. 1:15-16. (ESV)
In his book Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa gives us a principle regarding how our eternal perspective is formed and how it translates into action. Boa writes that our perspective is shaped by our presuppositions. Then our perspective in turn shapes our priorities, and our priorities shape our practice.
Presuppositions lead to perspective, which in turn leads to what we do.
In other words, our daily activities arise out of our deeply held presuppositions.
Today’s verse contains two basic presuppositions that should be held by all followers of Jesus Christ. It is a declaration that Jesus is God, and that He created everything that exists.
If we accept these declarations as truth, then they should become presuppositions that are reflected by our life.
However, a truth only becomes a presupposition to the degree that we move beyond mere intellectual belief and engage with that truth emotionally.
We can say we believe that Jesus created everything, but still live our lives as if He never existed. In this case, we have failed to engage the truth emotionally and thus our presupposition is actually that Jesus is irrelevant.
Our lives will be directed by our presuppositions…whatever they are.
Have you ever taken some time to closely examine your presuppositions?
Many people have not.
It’s not uncommon to become so busy in our lives just keeping up with the day to day activities in medicine that we don’t take the necessary time to examine and “flesh out” our truly held presuppositions.
You might be surprised.
One way to evaluate your presuppositions is look at how you are living your life. Where do your priorities lie?
Your priorities are based on your presuppositions.
Even though our presuppositions may not be conscious, they still have the power to direct our lives.
Take some time this weekend to evaluate your presuppositions. What is it that your really believe? What is it you are willing to stake your life on?
In reality…that’s exactly what you are doing.
Prayer- Lord help me see my real presuppositions…and adjust them to Your truth.