Our position is this: We’ve laid our life down; we’ve taken up Christ’s life. He is the Head; we are the Body.
The Head can’t say to the feet, “I have no need of you.” There are parts of the Body of Christ who have to go; there are parts of the Body that have to do; there are parts that have to transport nutrients to the rest of the Body. They’re all necessary. What if one part decided to stop doing its part?
And furthermore, if the Head can’t say, “I have no need of you to another member,” then the hand certainly can’t!
If you see yourself as lone ranger, none of this works–you’re focused on you. If you’re focused on you, you’re not focused on Him. If you’re not focused on Him, He can’t work through you or in you.
We have a specific role to play, and understanding the authority we have by aligning ourselves with Him, by allowing His power to back us up, directly affects whether or not we are able to carry out that role.
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:22-23
God gave Christ authority to benefit the Church.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7
God rescued you by His special favor when you believed — He’s excited about you, not ashamed. And He equips us with authority to triumph over the enemy.
“…and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…” Colossians 1:12-13
We aren’t a part of Satan’s domain anymore; our belief in Christ changed who has authority in our lives. What right does Satan have in our life? In the Body of Christ? Satan came against Christ but never defeated Him. As a member of the Body, we are called to carry out our role, equipped by the authority of the all-powerful God. And as we stay tuned into His Spirit, the attacks of the enemy cannot prevail against us.
If you’re not tuned into Him and you get attacked, the enemy is coming against you not Him. If you’re not in line with Him, you have no authority on your own. We must keep our focus always on Him.
When we talk about our authority and our calling, it’s not to highlight our lives for laying it down (A friend calls this “Me making much of me making much of Him.”) We have to make a choice every day to press into Him and use our authority to carry out His plan.