Tuesday, December 4
Bigger than you think!
Scripture: Ephesians 1-4
Ephesians 1:9–10 He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.
Ephesians 1:20–23 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens—21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
Paul had such a transcendent view of Jesus and the gospel. In Ephesians 1, he says that God’s plan is to bring everything (in heaven and on earth) together in Christ. Jesus is more than my personal savior—He is the cohesive center of everything in the universe!
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God far above every authority not just now, but forever! Everything is subject to Him and He “fills all things in every way.”
Paul’s understanding of Jesus soars to highest heights. Jesus is Lord of all: all things, all people, all time, all space—all that you can observe or imagine! It’s bigger than you think!
Years ago, I read a book by JB Phillips entitled, Your God is Too Small. Certainly most of us, myself included, tend to reduce Jesus to a handy pocket-sized deity, just big enough to meet my needs, but not so big that I’m overwhelmed. We’ve made Jesus nothing more than “my personal savior” when He is really Lord of All.
Theologians talk about transcendence and immanence. The gospel is both. God is far above all we can imagine and His plan includes the whole universe. And He is far closer to us than we realize—He is with us. The gospel is that the transcendent God came near in Jesus in order to save us and the whole created order. It’s not either/or. It’s both.
And yet many of us have lost that sense of transcendence. Paul reminds us in Ephesians of the greatness of God’s plan and power. Paul saw himself as a co-worker with God in the biggest thing happening in the universe! It’s bigger than me, or my church, or my city or nation, or even my world or my lifetime or all of human history. It’s eternal and it’s everything—that’s the reign of Jesus! Seeing my daily stuff through that eternal lens changes everything for me.
Here’s what God is up to. It’s far bigger than you think! And you get to be part of it!
Prayer: Lord, change my thinking—I think too small. Change my perspective and help me see through this eternal lens.