Devotional: ‘Who’s in Charge?’

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Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Who’s in charge of the church? That’s a good question. According to scripture, Christ is in charge of the church. The church is His body and we are the members of that body. Therefore, Christ is to be head over all things.

When we receive Christ as our Savior, we are made a part of His body. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into  one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. By the Holy Spirit, we all are baptized into the body of Christ. The key thought behind baptism is identification. Baptism identifies us with Christ and His body – the church. Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

So let’s ask the question once again – ‘Who’s in charge?’ Christ is to be in charge of the church, but He is so – only as much as He is in charge of every believer. Note again what Paul says in Ephesians 1:23 – “…the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” According to Colossians 1:29, Christ is filled with all the fullness of God; yet Christ can only fill His church with His fullness, as His church yields to Him as Lord.

We might ask – ‘Who’s in charge of the church?’; yet the question we really need to be asking is – ‘Who’s in charge of my life? Am I yielded to Christ so that He can use me for His glory?’ When Christ is in charge of the individual believers, He will be in charge of the entire church. It is God’s will that Christ be head over all things and that we be filled with all of His fullness.

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