Ephesians 1:19-23 says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”
We are the church of God and God has put all things under the authority of Jesus Christ for our benefit. So we need to start acting like it. It is important how we relate to Jesus. It is so easy to limit His power and authority in our lives when we do not see Him right. Which is why our verse starts with, “I also pray that you understand…”.
Some people are in a relationship with a weak Jesus who died for their sins on the cross but cannot do much else for them today. You need to break out of that relationship and pray that God gives you understanding of who Jesus really is. He was fully human when He walked the Earth such that He can relate to our weaknesses and suffering (see Hebrews 4:15). But He is also fully God and has all the power and authority. At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow (Phil 2:10-11; Romans 14:11).
Jesus is a lot of things but weak ain’t one of them, timid ain’t one of them and dead is definitely not one of them. He is alive, strong and powerful and still delivers people from demons to this day and heals the sick, mends the broken hearted…He is still the same, He does not change (Hebrews 13:8). He may not be here in human form, but He has not stopped saving. When we enter into a relationship with that Jesus and begin to realise the tremendous power the church has been given, we are unstoppable.
God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13). When we take the time to read through Scripture to discover who God is, He will reveal Himself to us. We need to all go on that journey of discovering who Jesus really is because the way we see Him and engage with Him determines the power that is released in our lives. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.”
Take some time this week to really consider whether you have been hanging with weak, timid or dead Jesus or the real MVP; strong, powerful, resurrected Jesus. It is life changing when you allow yourself to encounter the real deal.
Love and blessings,