Resting in Christ's Authority

on Sunday 26, June 2011

“And He raised Christ from the dead, and seated Him at His own right hand...far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named...And He raised us together with Him and made us to sit down together, giving us joint seating with Him in this heavenly sphere.”

It has occurred to me that if we were really able to embrace the truth in these verses, we would be a lot more restful.  Being “seated” (which means we’ve settled into a union with Christ) denotes a place of rest and repose, which is very different from a frenzied, fearful or anxious approach to life.  When we worry, we are not “seated.”  We are on our feet pacing, fretful and hyper-vigilant.

The way we maintain a “seated” position is by knowing our Shepherd and resting in our relationship with Him.  King David understood this.  He knew what it was to find himself troubled and needing to take himself in hand and return to his “seated” position.  Psalm 116:7 says, “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Whenever we find our selves ‘on our feet,’ fearful and wanting to flee, we need to take ourselves in hand and return to our seated position in Christ, putting our troubles and worries under our feet.