We are commissioned to go and do, and we’ve been given the authority to carry out our calling.
“…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:19-23
God’s mighty power did more than just raise Christ from the dead – it conquered death and Satan. And that power is directed toward you and for you. That’s the power that gives us authority.
All things are under Christ’s authority for the benefit of the Church.
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17
“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love…” Colossians 1:12-13
We were rescued from darkness, purchased for freedom, to reign in life.
When we see something wrong in our lives, we don’t have to wait for something to change; we have the authority speak to it.
“…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:5-6
Austin gave this example that I thought was an awesome metaphor to carry with us:
Kate Middleton has dramatic influence now because of who she made a commitment to. It doesn’t matter where she came from; she’s royalty now. Powerful, because of who she committed to. She could choose to ignore it, but that wouldn’t make any sense. Sometimes we ignore our position of authority, maybe it makes us uncomfortable or maybe we don’t feel like we deserve it. Regardless, it’s ours because of Who we have committed to.
Have you ever noticed that people’s passions, what they are committed to, change over time? It’s because people change their focus. What passions are you encouraging?
We’ve committed to be a part of the body, part of something much bigger than us. And a body is always moving.
How are you moving/acting in your commitment each day?
If you don’t self-check regularly, you’ll flip the switch to auto-pilot. Christ gives us life more abundant – life that is changing, growing, and exciting. Meghan contributed this quote from Joyce Meyer that she has been meditating on lately: “If we don’t think like God thinks and say what God says, we can’t have what God wants us to have.”
How are you experiencing walking in your authority in Christ? How are you experiencing abundant life?
Notes: No meeting this week; Austin and Lindsay are on vacation. Austin asked us to be praying for this fall, for the church and for our calling.