15. a. seated at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly realms. Ruling all with authority, power, and dominion.
b. The church is the body of Christ, the fullness of him who fills – the church is the “supply chain management” division of God Inc.
16. a. I have a great boss and clear job objectives
b. I have all the power and authority required to do the work given to me as a member of the church and to help, support and empower my team-mates (only by asking)
c. I am not needed, but chosen to be given the gift of being a member of the winning team
Imagine that you enjoy the game of baseball. You’ve thrown a few balls, hit a few with a bat, just for fun and the love of the game.
Now, imagine you just received a call from a pro team letting you know they are considering picking you in the upcoming baseball draft. Now, imagine you get a call that not only might they pick you, but you might go within the first 20 rounds of the draft. First 10. First 5. First round. Ok, how about 2nd pick of the overall first round of the draft?
You would be amazed. Beside yourself. You would be anxious and worried… what do they want you to do, you would ask. Do? You don’t have to do anything, we are going to win the world (universe) series anyway. We just want you to put on the uniform and be part of the team – not on the bench, catch a few, bat a few. Get out and be an active part of the team, it is more fun.
There are many people who would give their left arm for far less when it comes to baseball, which is only a game. But this is exactly what God offers us as christians. He doesn’t need any skill we have, he just wants us on the team. We don’t earn our way on the team, he picks us, first round, right behind his son. Want to feel the full joy of winning? Put on your uniform and get out and catch a few!