Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Road Through Ephesus... Authority Ephesians 1:22

I never thought I would be excited by mid 80s temps, but I have to say I am very much looking forward to it :-) It has to be better than temperatures that feel like the 100s. But enough chit chat, do you realize we're almost done with the first chapter?!?! Only two more verses and we're finished with the first chapter! I can't believe how much I've learned so far, and I hope it's the same with you. So let's dive in to today's verse!

Ephesians 1:22

"God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church."

As much as I enjoy being a leader at times, I have to admit that I am very thankful that I am not ultimately in charge. That would be overwhelming and disastrous. Instead everything is under the authority of Christ. I love that! And it's not just some things. It's everything. People, places, things, the physical realm, the spiritual realm, all things are under Christ's authority. That can be both a comforting and frightening thought, can't it? Frightening because it means that every single person will have to answer for what he or she has done. Comforting because it means that we're not in control, we're don't have to have all the answers.

Perhaps the best part of this verse is the last part. It's the why. Why did God put everything under Christ's control? Do you see the last part of that verse?!? It's for our benefit. For the church's benefit. Christ's authority is not a rigid dictatorship. Rather it's a an authority of love. It's an authority for our benefit. For the benefit of his people.

As thankful as I am that I'm not in charge, it can sometimes be hard to give up what control I think I have. Yet, nothing is truly under my control. And everything is under Christ's control.

So here's to surrendering to Christ's authority. Are you with me?

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