No Boundaries

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Ephesians 1:20-23 God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way. 

We can go through life drained because we keep going through our own reserves of power and can easily forget to renew and refill that reservoir. Paul reminds his readers of the power of God that has been displayed through Jesus Christ. This is awesome that we can know of this power and tap into it.

Jesus Christ called himself the Living Water which means that anytime we need to be filled and refreshed we can just go to him. God has placed Christ as the head of the church. Often times we can think that we are the ones in charge and do not seek to find counsel or help to learn the direction to take. After all, Christ is the one we glorify and worship in the church, so we should seek after his council and direction.

So a question can arise, “what exactly is the ‘church’?” We tend to think about the “church” as the place we go to worship, have Bible study, prayer chapels, etc; but the church is so much bigger than that because the church is not even a building. The church is the body of Christ, the community of faith, stepping out and bringing the message of Christ into the world through acts of loving service, reconciliation, speaking love and truth. We, as the church, also plant for the harvest which includes the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Christ “fills everything in every way” because he is the source of life and the source to find life and the source of hope and peace in this world. Living for Christ means we have incredible opportunities to serve this broken, hurting world to bring light into dark lives. Since the church is not a building, we are not limited by anything except our own prejudices. Christ has given us life and light so that we can go anywhere and speak to anyone.

How is the life of Christ working through you?

Tomorrow begins Ephesians 2 🙂

#TheGospelChangesUs

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Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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