DayBreaks for 11/27/15: The Enforcers
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2005:
Eph. 1:21-22 – Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come. And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and he gave him this authority for the benefit of the church. (NLT)
We’re very familiar with these verses that form part of Paul’s great exultation at the beginning of the letter to Ephesus. We get excited when we read about Christ’s great power and authority. It’s good to know that He’s on OUR side!!!! The fact that he has such power is comforting and encouraging to us as we struggle through things in this life.
But we sometimes miss the last part of verse 22 which tells us why God gave Christ such power and authority. It wasn’t for Christ’s benefit, or to make him more grand and awesome. Jesus didn’t need that – he’s grand and awesome enough. No, God gave Jesus that kind of authority “for the benefit of the church.”
We, of course, are the church. That means that God gave Christ that authority for our benefit. Christ has already won the ultimate battle against Satan and death. Judgment has been decreed…all that now awaits is the execution of that ruling by the Almighty God. The question, however, is how well are we doing at applying the power of the Risen Christ (to whom God has given all authority in this world and the one to come) to our lives and to the society in which we live? You might argue that it is Jesus who has that power, not us…and that’s very, very true. But you don’t have to look far in Scripture to see that we have been given “all things” that enable us to live lives of godliness and power. After all – it’s not just us – but Jesus who lives within us!
So, we must not become passive. We must engage. We are invaders in the kingdom of the enemy. We are here to do a job that we don’t have the power to pull off – but He does. We must begin to learn to wield the victory that Christ has already won. We must learn how to enforce it, not shrink from the enemy in fear. In Judges 3, God explains that He didn’t drive out all the inhabitants of the Promised Land for one reason: he left some to test the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience (3:2). Do you see? Much of what He allows in our lives is not for us to simply accept, but to get us to rise up, to teach us how to fight for the Promised Land. God wants us to know how to wield the weapons and power necessary to take a stand and to fight!
Copyright 2005 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, let us be warriors for You, surrounded and empowered by the unlimited power of Jesus Christ. Through His strength, let us reclaim this lost world for You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.