Hunkered Down Devotion

Ephesians 1:20-23 (Voice)  
20 He used in the Anointed One to raise Him from the dead and to position Him at His right hand in heaven. There is nothing over Him. 21 He’s above all rule, authority, power, and dominion; over every name invoked, over every title bestowed in this age and the next. 22 God has placed all things beneath His feet and anointed Him as the head over all things for His church. 23 This church is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

The other day I was watching a show on Netflix, called Manhunt.  In the course of the show – about the search for the man that was responsible for the bombing at the Atlanta Summer Olympic games – the FBI shows up to the scene of an explosion and the lead officer says something to the effect of ‘Who’s in charge here?’

I think I have heard or seen that situation play out in just about every cop show I have ever seen.  And there are a few simple and obvious reasons for that: first, it is an easy way to create tension between the ‘scrappy’, little guy, main character and the big, outside FBI (this is a consistent trope in crime stories).  But, second, and much more importantly, organizations, groups, teams, almost every situation works significantly better when everyone clearly understands who is in charge, who is making the decisions, who is setting the priorities and directing the actions for the group.

What does that have to do with us and our Scripture passage from Ephesians?  In Ephesians, Paul is clearly answering the question: ‘who is in charge?’ With a resounding and clear shout: JESUS!  

Just like the characters in those cop shows, we sometimes bristle at being told we aren’t the ones in charge.  But the sooner we come to terms with the reality of the situation, and begin to respond and act appropriately the sooner we are able to get closer to become who and what God has called us to be and do.  

Sharing God’s Love,

Prayer: Lord, help us to know and understand our place in relationship to you.  Help us to embrace your loving leadership. Amen.

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