Dying With Christ
Even when we were dead in our transgressions, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. - (Ephesians 2:5–6)
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, when Christ died, you died with Him. When Christ arose, you arose with Him. When Christ was seated at the right hand of the Father, you were seated with Him. You were made to function in concert and cadence with Jesus Christ. In order for you to access Christ’s sovereign authority over all things, you and your world must be aligned underneath His headship. This includes your thoughts, choices, words, and perspective. It is as you align yourself under Him and His Word that His authority becomes manifest in your own life as you seek to advance God’s kingdom on earth.
In fact, you can go to all of the church services that you want, read all of the spiritual books you want—but until you place yourself under the comprehensive rule of God in every area of your life by aligning yourself under the lordship of Jesus Christ, you will not fully realize nor maximize the rule and authority He has destined for you.
Reflection: Who did the work to transfer you to Christ’s kingdom? Who now does the work of making you holy? How does God’s Word work in your life to conform you to the image of Christ? How is God currently working through you to advance His kingdom on earth? Are you more concerned about His kingdom or your own?