What Holds You Together?

Many Christians have commented on the protein laminin, the building block of life. It literally holds us together. Why? This protein is in the shape of a cross.

So what are the spiritual implications? “And He [Jesus Christ] is before all things and by [in] Him all things consist” [Colossians 1:17]. Christ “uphold[s] all things by the word of His power” [Hebrews 1:3]. He is the center of the universe, the “wheel in the middle of a wheel” [Ezekiel 1:16]. Christ holds it all together. He sustains life.

What’s the glue? The cross! The blood! So, is your world geocentric [man-centered] or heliocentric [Son-centered]? What holds you together? What sustains you? Who or what do you turn to in crises? This is your real identity, the source of your power or weakness, essentially your God. Does the cross define you? Is it your before and after? Is the blood of the cross the bond between you and God? The song “God of the Ages” is based partly on Colossians 1:15-17. Here are the lyrics.

He is the image of the invisible God
The firstborn of creation
He is the first, the last, the One who matters most
He is Creator, ruling Sustainer of all
He holds it all together
He is the Word of God, the Hope for all the world
His name is lifted higher
Jesus, Your name is lifted higher

We bless You Lord, God of the ages, highest of all
We magnify You
Your name will be exalted, exalted
We bless You Lord, God of the ages, highest of all
We magnify You
Your name will be exalted, exalted

Who can compare, who can compare to You, to You
Who can compare, who can compare to You, to You

Here’s Louie Giglio on laminin.

12/30 EDIT: Centrifugal force

Our world has two forces; it has one tendency to run off at a tangent from its orbit; but the sun draws it by a centripetal power, and attracts it to itself. Oh! Christian, thou wilt never walk alright, and keep in the orbit of truth, if it be not for the influence of Christ perpetually attracting thee to the center [Song 1:4; Hosea 11:4]. Christ is drawing thee to himself, to his likeness, to his character, to his love, to his bosom, and in that way thou art kept from thy natural tendency to fly off and to be lost in the wide fields of sin. Bless God, that Christ lifted up draws all his people unto him [John 12:32].

—Charles H. Spurgeon, Daily Help (New York: Penguin, 2006), 2 February devotion

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