Paul doubles down on the imagery of Jesus’ power, “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.” We’re all good with this: we know Jesus is king. But then Paul goes one step further again, not elevating us to the same level as Jesus, who is our head, but linking us as part of the same body. The church – which is not a building but each and every one of us – is in some essential way the extension of Jesus on earth, “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” If we allowed ourselves to believe this, to really believe this, it would change everything.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do you dare to believe that you are an extension of Jesus in the world?
2. If you believe this, how does it change how you live?
Challenge: If you introduced yourself to someone as “Saint [your name here],” imagine the reaction! But can you even say that name to yourself? Maybe you could start by asking God to make you a trifle closer to your inner “Saint,” your true self, the person God sees you to be. Just for today. And then do it again tomorrow.
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