The Lion's Share

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.
Colossians 1:15-16

You’ve probably heard someone make reference to receiving “the lion’s share.” We use it to talk about a person getting the largest portion of something.

The phrase comes from an old tale about a lion, a fox, and donkey who went hunting together. When the donkey divided their catch into three equal portions, the angry lion pounced on the poor donkey and ate him. With great wisdom, the fox put everything in one large pile, and left just a tiny bit in another small pile. She then told the lion to choose his share.

When the lion asked how she learned to share things that way, the fox replied, “From the donkey’s bad example.”

When I hear that story, it reminds me of a much deeper truth: Jesus Christ, the lion of Judah, deserves not just the largest share of my life, but all of my life. 

Paul writes this about Jesus: “…that in everything he might be preeminent.(Colossians 1:18).

The Greek word translated “preeminent” means “to be first, to hold the first rank, to possess the highest dignity.”

Because Jesus is God, He alone deserves the highest place and the first place in my life. He deserves the lion’s share of my time, my devotion, my thoughts, and my service. He deserves all of me, for He is my all in all (Ephesians 1:23).

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!