Why do we rob Jesus of his power and glory? I enjoy seeing the testimonies people share in social networking. I appreciate the inspirational photos. I am moved by the declarations of faith and trust. But I scratch my head when in the next breath the same people are expressing fear, worry and anxiety. Do they not realize that they are robbing Jesus of his glory, power and authority?
Jesus is sovereign over all things. We love to say "Jesus is Lord of all or not at all" but then lead a life that denies the truth of it. Jesus is Lord of all, period. Because he is sovereign over everything it means there is nothing going on in your life that he does not have power to deal with. Instead of despair and hopelessness we should be expressing love and trust. We need to start living the faith we confess with our mouth.
Read these words again slowly. Drink them in like a fine wine. Let it go down slowly. Let your soul consume and enjoy the delicacy of this truth:
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:18-22)
Let those words play across your mind:
- seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
- far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given
- not only in the present age but also in the one to come
- God placed all things under his feet
- appointed him to be head over everything for the church
Every time we express doubt we are denying this truth.
Every time we allow fear to overwhelm us we are denying this truth.
Every time we cry over what we cannot achieve and deny God's will we are denying this truth.
Every time we complain about what we lost we are denying this truth.
Every time we paint ourselves as a victim we are denying this truth.
God placed all things under his feet. All things. That means everything. How easily we deny him, forgetting the precious promises that have been given to us:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
... because he is sovereign!
These are not poetic words or a great looking sound bite. This is the truth by which we live, love and worship. This is faith beyond words, expressed in acts of trust and determination. This is when we stand against the storm, trusting the one who is greater than the storm. This is when we allow the truth to lift us above our circumstances as we know the one who is sovereign over all things. This is when we allow joy to permeate our entire being even when everything is taken from us. It is when we shout the words from the depth of our soul, `Not my will but yours be done`.
Because we know.
Because we trust.
Because Jesus is Lord of all.