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Over All Things

 

April 13

 

Read Ephesians 1:22-23 (ESV)

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Reflect

Who is really in charge of the church?

 

If you were to take a poll asking who makes the rules regarding the church you would get a wide variety of answers. The Pope? The head of each separate denomination? The local board of elders? The head pastor?

 

But the question really shouldn’t be that hard to answer. The answer is Jesus Christ. According to Paul in today’s verse, God placed Jesus as the head of His church. God gave Jesus authority “over all things” regarding His church. All things are beneath His sovereignty. Paul reiterates this just as clearly in Colossians 1:18: “And he is the head of the body, the church…”.

 

I often see headlines that read as if human beings are in charge of the church. They say things like “The Pope Has Declared…” or “Leadership Announces the Church’s Stance on…”. Certainly, church structure has leadership and that leadership is responsible for making decisions on behalf of the body of Christ. But church leadership is under the authority of Jesus Christ. As members of the body of Christ, we are all under His authority.

 

Friends, Christ is the head of the church. He is the ultimate authority. Through His Word, He has revealed His will for the church. We should already know where the church should stand on the issues that it faces. Whether you are in a place of leadership in the Christian community or not, you are under the authority and headship of Jesus Christ. He is head over all things and all people.

 

Pray

Jesus, I submit to Your authority in my life. I pray that You would direct the decisions of those who are in leadership positions. Give them the courage to follow Your Word and Your will regarding the issues that face the church today. Give them wisdom and discernment to lead effectively and righteously. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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a year ago
Lord Jesus You are the head of my life. Continue to lead me and bring me to where You are spiritually, I welcome the attention You pay to me so lead me Lord Jesus.
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a year ago
Father as in The Beginning when You chose to take human form as a man known as Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It is from that day Jesus was is and remains The Head of The Only Church, as given unto Peter The "Keys" that the evil one can never touch. Father You know all and nations are hurting, Your children are hurting, I Praise You and Thank You for being our Solid Rock The Foundation in which we build within You Jesus. Lord I Pray that You will bring healing to all of us Your children in need. For I Trust in Your every word. I Believe Father I still believe because You are alive within me/us. Just give me Jesus there's nothing I can find or do that I can't find in You. Thank You Lord for Your Faithfulness in Jesus Mighty name Amen
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a year ago
Dear Lord, keep me faithful and true to you and your Word only. You are the ultimate authority, give me wisdom and knowledge. My leadership is under the authority of You, Jesus Christ.
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a year ago
Very valuable
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a year ago
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER; JESUS + HOLY SPIRIT; ARCHANGELS+SAINTS HELP TO SUBMIT TO YOUR AUTHORITY TO YOUR CHURCH; INJESUSNAME: AMEN;okay*
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