Ephesians 1: 15-23
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray 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 his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ 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 name that is invoked, 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.
On Sunday past we began to think through what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote:
“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.” (v. 23)
Jesus reigns supreme over ALL things. No exceptions. No exclusions. That includes every sector of society and every area of authority. As His church, we shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the challenges all around us or be discouraged by the despair so prevalent in our culture. Rather, we recognise that if Jesus is the head of the church, if we are His body, and all things are under His feet, then, by inference, all things are also under our feet. As Christians, we aren’t passive underdogs in this world, struggling to survive this dark, corrupting culture until Jesus returns. No, we are the ‘upperdogs’ offering imaginative solutions to society’s most prevalent problems; we are culture creators, leading the way in every industry; we are dream releasers, calling out the destiny, desires and divine design within each person.
Jesus “…fills everything in every way.” Again, we ask: does ‘everything’ really mean everything? That there is not one place or space that it is not God’s intention to fill with His presence through His people? If this really is God’s purpose, then it will only happen through His people shaping the community with His desires and dreams.
Paul reinforces this idea elsewhere when he says: “God...uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Cor 2: 14)
All things, everything, everywhere. That’s pretty comprehensive, isn’t it? It definitely extends way beyond the walls of the church building. It simply must include where you find yourself today. Every sphere or domain where you will work, study, play sport, socialise, create, communicate and rest. What would it look like for God to fill that place? How does that even happen? This is what we will journey together in the days ahead. But let’s begin with this idea: God fills the city through the dreams and desires of his people. Through you, me, each of us, showing up today and passionately, creatively and intentionally expressing the divine design God has placed within us.